Closing controversy on Opening Day

Setup man Mark Melancon and new closer Alfredo Aceves failed their first test

Updated: April 6, 2012, 8:44 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- How this will play with Michael Kay's radio audience, we can't be sure, although given the zip code where his show emanates from, the suspicion is there will be plenty of snickers, chuckles and Bronx cheers.

There is no doubt, however, as Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington acknowledged after Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers, how this will be received closer to home.

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