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The Red Sox were tripped up on Opening Day by the Rays.

The Red Sox are 0-1 in the very young 2018 season.

All hope is not lost. Alex Cora should not be fired. Joe Kelly & Carson Smith are not being DFA’d.

When Dave Dombrowski opted to hire a first-time manager, he accepted the ups and downs that come with the learning curve. At times, Cora will seem like a genius, while other times there will be mind-numbing decisions. This is the reality of being an MLB manager.

Red Sox fans are quick on the trigger – we expect perfection. Quite frankly, for seven innings this game was utter perfection. Chris Sale dominated on the mound, while the offense showed rapid signs of improvement.

There will be fans that completely disagreed with the hiring of Cora, or firing of John Farrell. This will be the time where you’ll read headlines such as: “Cora Should be Fired!” / “Where is Farrell?” / “We Should’ve Hired Joe Girardi!”

Alex Cora is the right man for the job. Give it time. The players adore him & if he’s good enough for the reigning World Series champions – he’s right for the CITY of Champions.

Take heart Sox fans, there are 161 games remaining on the regular season schedule.

Bright Spots from Opening Day:

Chris Sale:

The left hander scattered six brilliant innings while compiling 9 strikeouts. His three walks are more than he’d like to see, but overall his 2018 debut was near flawless.

Xander Bogaerts:

The Red Sox shortstop game out of the gates hot, collecting three base hits – including two doubles. After being a source of criticism last season, Bogaerts may truly be healthy and have a breakout campaign this season.

Eduardo Nunez:

Knee injury? No problem. The utility man showcased his above average speed on an inside-the-park homerun in the 2nd inning. Nunez finished the day with two hits while filling in for injured, Dustin Pedroia.

What’s Next:

The Red Sox take on the Rays in Game 2 tonight with David Price on the mound.

The season is young and baseball is back. Enjoy it, Red Sox fans.