Reliable arms are opposite in opener

Jon Lester, Daniel Bard falter for Red Sox in Opening Day loss

Updated: April 2, 2011, 12:08 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Take the Boston Red Sox pitching staff, line them up against a wall (no blindfolds, please), then pick the two most reliable arms out of the bunch.

Jon Lester undoubtedly would be selected first -- there was a reason Terry Francona made him the Opening Day starter -- and there's a good chance Daniel Bard would be the second.

But on Friday afternoon, it was the Most Reliables, not the Red Sox newcomers, who composed the decisive story line in Boston's 9-5 ...

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