Finally it is here.
It's Opening Day in Major League Baseball.
The Red Sox play the first of a four-game series against the Rays this afternoon at Tropicana Field.
Chris Sale starts for Boston and Chris Archer for Tampa Bay.
The home opener at Fenway Park it a week from today, also against the Rays.
The Red Sox ace Chris Sale says, if it were up to him, he'd throw all nine innings today at Tampa Bay.
The left-hander is making his fourth career Opening Day start and first with Boston.
Sale says he has no lingering effects from a line drive to the hip in his final spring start this past Saturday.
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