HOME OPENER: The 2015 Red Sox make their Fenway Park debut today against Washington, the 115th home opener in team history, with the Sox going 68-46 (.596)…This is the 104th home opener at Fenway Park (59-44, .573).
· Pre-game ceremonies for today’s game are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.
FENWAY MAGIC: The Red Sox have won their 1st home game in 17 of the last 22 seasons from 1993-2014, including a club-record 9 straight home-opening wins from 2005-13 that ended with last year’s 6-2 loss to Milwaukee on 4/4, the day the club received its 2013 World Series rings.
· Before the 9-year streak from 1993-2014, Boston had never won more than 6 straight home openers (1907-12 and 1938-43).
· This marks the 2nd straight season, and just the 2nd time ever, that Boston has opened its home slate against an NL team…The Sox lost 6-2 to MIL in 2014.
SENATORIAL DEBUTS: Today’s game marks 18th time that a team from Washington, DC has played the foe in the Red Sox’ first game of a season at Fenway Park…The previous 17 matchups coming against the Washington Senators (11-6), an original AL team that moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins.
· Boston’s last home debut against Washington came in 1959 and ended in a 7-3 Red Sox victory…Dick Gernert homered and Ike Delock earned the win…The Red Sox won their last 5 home openers against the Senators: 1941, 1947, 1953, 1954, and 1959.