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Red Sox drop opener on questionable third strike in the ninth

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It has been a strange few days for Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Early in the weekend he found out that he lost his position battle with Grady Sizemore and he would be sent down to AAA Pawtucket. Bradley was then recalled to the big club on Sunday night when Shane Victorino was placed on the disabled list. He would then be standing at the plate as Monday's season opener ended in a 2-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.

Jon Lester started the game on the mound for Boston and pitched seven solid innings allowing two runs. The Orioles countered with Chris Tillman who departed after just five innings, but the Red Sox were not able to take advantage and score on the Baltimore bullpen.

The Red Sox had a rally brewing in the ninth but that was squelched when home plate umpire Dana DeMuth rang up Bradley on a questionable third strike call. Lester was saddled with the loss and Zach Britton got the win in relief.

The two teams will face off again on Wednesday.

The good news: Grady Sizemore collected two hits, including a solo home run, in his Red Sox debut.

The bad news: Nelson Cruz had a better debut for the Orioles as his solo shot was the game winner.


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