He's 34 years old and coming off one of his worst seasons. The Red Sox typically have an 11:00 a.m. start time on this day to coincide with the Boston Marathon, the 26 mile race that athletes from all over the world travel to compete in.
Not even a fastball to the hands could interrupt his momentum.
The Red Sox made the announcement about an hour after their 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, which completed an abbreviated three-game series sweep and gave Boston an 8-1 record on its first homestand of the season.
Braves 4, Cubs 0: Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer and Atlanta spoiled Yu Darvish's first home start for Chicago.
"We're doing everything right and having fun", Ramirez said. "The lineup is good". "We knew the conditions were going to be terrible, but I didn't hear too many guys, or any guys, 'What are we doing here?' They like to play".
Their starting pitching continues to shine. The ceremony also included families of some of the victims and was the first of three days of events marking the five-year anniversary of the day two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three and wounding 260.
Meanwhile, the Sox are 1-4 in their last five in game four of a series and 6-0 in Johnson's last six starts.
Velazquez kept the O's scoreless until the fifth inning.
The Orioles have gained 0.1 units and are 3-2 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. Chris Sale has dominated in his three starts this season, conceding only two runs in his 17 innings logged, and he features a dazzling 2.88 ERA career ERA against the Orioles. Swihart entered the game in left field as part of a shuffled outfield when Betts left the game - and he went 2-for-3 with a double, his most productive day at the plate this season.
Behind Benintendi, Ramirez stepped up and jacked a hanging slider over the Green Monster for a no-doubter.
Rafael Devers went 3 for 5 and scored twice for the Red Sox. But Dombrowski signed only Mitch Moreland until spring training, then added J.D. Martinez in February.
Safe to say the engine is clicking on all cylinders for new manager Alex Cora. I know he really wanted to.
"I still remember, I saw him in that clinic in Miami and he was doing his rehab and the first thing he said was, 'You don't have to worry about me". That's nothing I'm going to worry about. On a daily basis, our lineup is going to score runs regardless of the combination we have out there.
"When he's locked in and healthy, he's very risky". During that start, he allowed just a single run on six hits over six innings en route to his first win of the year. Cobb left a hanging breaking ball up and Martinez flicked it into the Sox bullpen. Daniel Descalso homered and drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks.
"I pretty much just finished the play", Betts said. New England Sports Network will showcase the matchup and the game will get going at 1:05 p.m. ET.