Kyle Lohse is looking pretty sharp so far. He's allowed one hit, a double down the leftfield line by Wily Mo Pena, and struck out Manny Ramirez swinging and Kevin Cash looking.
On the other side, Jonathan Papelbon's surrendered five hits, the last Adam Dunn's single to center to plate Chris Denorfia to make it 2-0, and he's done after 3 2/3 innings. Papelbon threw 72 pitches (42 strikes), allowed two earned runs on five hits, had five strikeouts, a walk, a hit batsman and allowed the solo shot to Denorfia to start the game.
Mike Lowell may not be clubbing the ball the way he was a few years ago, but he remains pretty spectacular with the glove. He got Papelbon out of the 3rd with a diving stop on Edwin Encarnacion's grounder, then he threw an absolute laser across the diamond to get him by two steps. Fun to watch. Unfortunately, his longtime teammate and fellow defensive wiz, Alex Gonzalez, didn't make the trip with his new team today. Those guys had tremendous respect for one another, dating back to their days with the Marlins.
Come on back after some basketball...