Red Sox season opener delayed a day due to rain

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BOSTON (WPRI) — After 18 long months, Red Sox fans will have to wait one more day until they can return to Fenway Park.

The team announced Thursday morning that the afternoon tilt against the Orioles had been postponed until Friday due to a rainy forecast.

Pregame ceremonies are scheduled for 1:40 p.m., followed by the first pitch at 2:10 p.m.

Coming off a last-place finish in the American League East, the Sox on Friday will look to get off on the right foot against the Orioles, who had an equally lackluster 2020, earning just one more win than Boston in the pandemic-shortened season.

Nate Eovaldi is slated to start for Boston, with Eduardo Rodriguez dealing with a “dead arm” and Chris Sale not expected back until summer after undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

John Means will take the hill for Baltimore.

Fans will notice some new faces like Enrique (Kiké) Hernández, Marwin Gonzalez and Adam Ottavino, while familiar faces like Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi will be missing. (Pedroia retired, JBJ signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and Benintendi was dealt to the Kansas City Royals.)

Just short of 5,000 people will be in attendance on Friday. Fans haven’t stepped foot in Fenway Park since Sept. 29, 2019.

All fans are required to wear masks, and there will be signs everywhere reminding them about social distancing and where to find hand sanitizer. The concession stands will be open so fans can enjoy some refreshments, but Red Sox officials recommended using a card instead of cash to pay for them.

The Sox had planned to host 100 front-line workers Thursday’s game and said they will be giving away 10,000 tickets to health care heroes throughout the season.

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