Boston Red Sox defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 5-3

Permission slips will be submitted today.

Something along the lines of ''Charlie missed school yesterday because he was running a fever."

Truth is, Charlie and 35,490 other hooky players, rich guys, and folks who took personal days were gathered at ancient Fenway Park for the 106th Red Sox home opener. Instead of running a fever, Charlie and friends were running up the ramps when the gates opened at noon, and the first-place Red Sox celebrated this New England holiday w...

So it wasn't quite last year's Opening Day. No World Series banner unfurled, no rings, no Bill Russell, no laughing Mariano Rivera taking a bow, no Alex Rodriguez miscue to open the floodgates. It wasn't perfect. But it was, as the day played out, proper.

Mike Lowell, known in these parts more for his momentous offensive decline of 2005 than for the sharp mind and bat that made him a catalyst in Florida, twice dented the Monster in equaling career highs in hits (4) and ...