Monday, April 13, 2015

Red Sox turn to Porcello for Fenway opener vs. Nats

The Red Sox take the field at Fenway Park for their home opener when the Nationals travel to Boston to play a three-game series starting Monday afternoon.
Rick Porcello is slated to pitch in front of the home fans for the first time since joining the club in an offseason deal with the Tigers for Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello, who signed a four-year, $82.5 million contract extension on Opening Day, will be opposed by Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who tossed six innings of one-run ball in his first 2015 start, a win over the Mets.
The last time the Nationals played the Red Sox was in June 2012, with Washington sweeping the three-game series. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was one of the hitting heroes, going 3-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs.
Things to know about this game
• Red Sox left fielder Hanley Ramirez has been a nemesis for the Nationals since he entered the league in 2006 with the Marlins. He has hit .336 with 30 home runs and 86 RBIs in 121 games against Washington.
• Boston third baseman Pablo Sandoval is another player who has given the Nats problems over the years, hitting .330 with three home runs and 20 RBIs.
• Jayson Werth (offseason shoulder surgery) is expected to come off the disabled list and start in left field for the Nationals on Monday. He most likely will hit second in the lineup. Werth brings a high on-base percentage and is not afraid to steal a base.
• Monday's pregame ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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