Victor Martinez (left) counsels Michael Bowden during a rough first inning. (Elsa/Getty)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
It wasn't all bad news for Boston, which didn't have an injured Josh Beckett in the rain-shortened opener. While the ace's replacement, Michael Bowden, didn't fare well, the Red Sox did reduce their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to one, thanks to a Rangers loss in Anaheim.
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