Red Sox Win in First Game Since Marathon Tragedy
(CLEVELAND) — The Red Sox may have been in Cleveland but their hearts were in Boston.
Mike Napoli hit two doubles in a seven run, second inning, as the Red Sox handled the Cleveland Indians 7-2, Tuesday night.
The win comes a day after two bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 170 people.
In honor of the those impacted by the bombs, the Red Sox hung a jersey in their dugout with the word “Boston” above the numbers 617 (Boston’s area code) and the word “Strong” below the numbers.
“There out of sight right now but definitely not out of mind,” Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes said. “How far will that jersey stretch I don’t know. Just letting those people know we got a heavy heart over here. Today we had Boston across our chest we didn’t have our own individual names. That being said, we’re representing the whole community and the area.”
The Red Sox did their best as a team to prove as a distraction. Eight of the nine players in the starting lineup got on-base at least once, and starting pitcher Felix Dubront pitched five-innings, allowing two runs while striking out seven.
Even the Red Sox rivals the New York Yankees took part in honoring the victims. The Yankees played “Sweet Caroline,” a song played before the bottom of the 8th inning during every game at Fenway Park, after the third-inning of their game Tuesday.
The Red Sox (9-4) will play their first game in Boston since the bombings on Friday.
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