Given the plum assignment of starting the team's first home game, Peavy, the former National League Cy Young Award winner who has been little but injured since joining the Sox three years ago, looked every inch the ace he'd like to return to being as he tamed the Detroit Tigers for a 5-2 win.
Peavy was perfect through three and went six and two-thirds innings, allowing only a hit and a walk before serving up a two-run homer to Delmon Young. Still, he fanned eight and departed with the Sox still holding a 3-2 lead. The bullpen made the lead stand up with the help of a couple of excellent defensive plays, including a diving catch in left field by the "Tank," Dayan Viciedo, who put the Sox in front earlier with a solo homer. The Sox tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the eighth.
A Peavy at full health would give the Sox one of the best starting rotations in baseball. Doubtful as that would seem to be, given his recent injury history, isn't optimism what opening day is all about?