Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3

Nothing makes the chilly temperature rise like an Opening Day win, and with it a pristine record that evokes idyllic hopes of 162-0. It came yesterday, a near-perfect performance in the Red Sox' second stab at game No. 1, a renewal of acquaintances with the team that kept them from getting to the World Series last year.

So 26 hours after Josh Beckett was supposed to head to the mound, after the rains had washed away the first Opening Day, the staff ace made like a staff...

Early on, it felt like Opening Day Lite, diluted significantly by the biblical rains that washed away the true opener Monday afternoon.

A lot of the buzz was missing around ancient Fenway Park in the hours leading up to the 109th Red Sox season opener. Many high rollers had dumped tickets in the wake of Monday's rainout, and the pregame three-ring circus was whittled to a single ring during the 26-hour delay.

We had bunting on the ballpark facades and congressional l...