Boston bat men make their point

Offseason focus was on pitching and defense, but offense bails out Red Sox in opener

Updated: April 5, 2010, 11:38 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- For a game that started well after dark, Terry Francona showed up long before noon. Surely, Dustin Pedroia didn't do anything that crazy, did he?

"Actually, I did,'' the Red Sox second baseman said. "I put my son down for a nap and told my wife [Kelli] I had to come over [to Fenway Park]. I'm kind of weird about my locker. I like to get everything set, so I came over, got my locker set, and went back home.

"Tito was in full uni, bench-pressing fives," Pedroia ...

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