Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts are two key pieces to the Red Sox going forward, but can they meet the high expectations set for them?
Will the Red Sox, coming off consecutive last-place finishes under John Farrell, be tempted to make a quick change if they start slowly?
4yThe Red Sox have one of the best designated hitters in the major leagues, David Ortiz, but they likely won't be able to use him much when they play National League teams.
4yAfter taking a beating by the Red Sox on Monday, the Padres find a way to win at Fenway.
4yThe right-hander missed his scheduled start Tuesday against the Padres because of illness.
4yThe Red Sox' 14-5 dismantling of the Padres Monday night is a continuation of Boston's traditional dominance of National League teams in interleague play.
4yJosh Beckett will miss his start on Tuesday because of a stomach illness.
4yAlso, the Red Sox continue to distance themselves as the best offensive team in the majors; Dustin Pedroia's hustle starts a rally.
4yHe didn't factor into the decision, but Andrew Miller pitches solidly against the San Diego Padres.