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Red Sox get World Series rings, send Tigers to another loss

BOSTON (AP) -- The Red Sox trotted out the champions of Boston's past to celebrate their latest World Series win, with Hall of Famers Bobby Orr and Bill Russell among those carrying their sports' trophies onto the Fenway field to join the two won by the Red Sox.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was too busy warming up to see much.

"I did feel a little jealous," Matsuzaka said after the Red Sox ended their three-country, 16,000-mile odyssey with a 5-0 victory over the winless Detroit Tigers in their home opener Tuesday. "The ring had been put in my locker at some point during the game. I tried it on, and I must say it looked pretty good."

In an hourlong pregame ceremony that turned emotional when once-scorned first baseman Bill Buckner was given an enthusiastic welcome, the Red Sox received their World Series rings and raised a championship banner above center field. Then, they began to focus on the work of repeating.

"We needed to get through this day," said Boston manager Terry Francona, who took his team to Japan, California and Canada before opening up at home. "Now we can go about the business of playing baseball and seeing how good we can be."

Buckner, the goat of the 1986 World Series collapse that helped extend the team's title drought until 2004, received a standing ovation when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former teammate Dwight Evans. Current Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis went over to meet him.

"I've probably never almost been in tears for somebody else on a baseball field. I think that was just the most unbelievable thing," Youkilis said. "I wanted to shake his hand, because that's a true man in life."

There was red, white and blue bunting hanging from the stands, a Green Monster-sized American flag on the left-field wall -- covering a World Series banner -- and an Air National Guard flyover punctuating "The Star-Spangled Banner."

And, in the good old U.S.A., the Red Sox haven't been beaten.

Youkilis had three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who began the day last in the AL East following a trip to Tokyo (where they went 1-1), Oakland (2-0) and Toronto (0-3). But they responded well in their return to Fenway, where they were 51-30 during the regular season last year and 6-1 in the postseason.

Matsuzaka (2-0) allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. Detroit, the only winless team in the majors despite the big leagues' second-highest payroll, is 0-7 for the first time since dropping its first nine games in 2003 en route to an AL-record 119 losses.

"You get angry if people are going through the motions and if they're not trying," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "But that's not what's happening."

Kenny Rogers (0-2) allowed three runs -- two earned -- eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. The Tigers are batting just .235 and have scored 15 runs this year, ahead of only Colorado (12) entering play Tuesday night.

The Tigers didn't hit, managing just five singles. They didn't field well, committing two errors after making three in their previous game. They didn't pitch well, allowing 12 hits, six walks and a balk.

"It's frustrating. Right now, we're the worst team in baseball because of the way we are playing, in all areas of the game," Rogers said. "I wanted to be the guy to turn things around. Every player in the locker room wants to be that guy."

J.D. Drew singled and scored in the second innings, and Manny Ramirez tripled and scored -- on a rare throwing error by second baseman Placido Polanco -- in the third. Julio Lugo singled and scored in the fourth, moving up on another error by the Tigers infield.

Boston added two more in the sixth to make it 5-0 when Jason Grilli gave up two hits and three walks.

Game notes
Polanco's error in the third inning was his first since July 1, 2006, after 911 errorless chances and 186 errorless games, both major league records for a second baseman. ... The team unveiled a new scoreboard video of Neil Diamond in a Red Sox jacket singing "Sweet Caroline." Owner Tom Werner also appears in the video. The team announced that Diamond will give a concert at Fenway on Aug. 23.... Buckner hadn't been to Fenway since 1997, when he was a coach with the Chicago White Sox. ... The Red Sox said it was the first time all four trophies had been in the same place.