Red Sox

Arrival of Yankees to Fenway marks the real start of the season

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Now comes the hard part.

After beating up on Florida’s two “major league’’ franchises (combined record to date: 5-14), the soft opening of the 2018 Red Sox season is behind them.

Beginning Tuesday night, the Red Sox will play their first games of the schedule against an honest-to-goodness playoff contender in the form of the New York Yankees (5-5).

Give credit to the Red Sox for handling their business against the failing Fish teams. It’s not their fault the schedule-maker presented them with such an easy path through the first week and a half of the season. And while some of the games were closer than they would have liked – five one-run games, and two in extra innings – the Red Sox ultimately did what they were supposed to do, winning eight of nine.