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Varitek made his ninth straight opening-day start, most ever for a Red Sox catcher. Left fielder Carl Yastrzemski holds the franchise lead with 15.
Shields fell to 0-4 in four career appearances at Fenway Park.
Notes: Kennedy's grandfather, John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, threw out the first pitch at the first major league game ever played at Fenway, on April 12, 1912. ... The makeup of Monday's rainout started at 4:06 p.m. as a nod to Ted Williams' batting average in 1941. ... Lowell has hit safely in all 10 of his opening-day appearances. ... Boston SS Julio Lugo, on the disabled list recovering from right knee surgery, was in the park for introductions. He's scheduled to report to extended spring training on Thursday. ... Former Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler, now with the Rays, got a warm ovation when he was introduced.
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