By Mary Whitfill, editor-in-chief

At 3 p.m. today, the Red Sox’ bats will find their groove in the season’s first game in Philadelphia. Major League Baseball’s opening day will pit the Sox against the Phillies on Monday, a week before famous Fenway Park will host its first game of the season on April 13.

Injured Red Sox closer Koji Ueahara isn’t expected to miss more than a week of the season and will hopefully be back on the field by Fenway’s opening day. Ueahara was signed to a two-year, $18 million contract in October.

Fresh faces will be seen in Ueahara, Outfielder Mookie Bets, Infielder Pablo Sandoval, Outfielder Hanley Ramírez, Pitcher Justin Masterson, Pitcher Alexi Ogando and Catcher Sandy León. 

The Red Sox are looking to repeat their 2013 Cinderella season where the team went from being ranked last in the American League East to World Series Champions. Last year, the team went 71-91.

Pitcher Clay Buchholz is scheduled for his career-first opening day start on Monday, with the Sox’ pitching lineup lacking the star power it has had in the past. All eyes will be on Buchholz and opponent Phillies Pitcher Cole Hamels, whom the Sox have been eyeing for a trade. Buchholz was 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 2013, but missed nearly three months with injuries.

When the Sox do finally hit home plate in their own stadium, things may look a little different. On April 13, Boston will face the Washington Nationals in a stadium that was outfitted with several enhancements in the off season. 174 new seats have been installed, which will bring the stadium’s capacity to 37,673 at night games and 37,221 at day games. The WiFi network has also been upgraded and the Budweiser Right Field Roof Deck will look a little different to visitors this season.

Boston Red Sox 2015 Roster:

David Ortiz
Designated hitter
34
Pablo Sandoval
Infielder
48
Dustin Pedroia
Infielder
15
Hanley Ramírez
Outfielder
13
Koji Uehara
Pitcher
19
Joe Kelly
Pitcher
56
Mike Napoli
Infielder
12
Mookie Betts
Outfielder
50
Rick Porcello
Pitcher
22
Xander Bogaerts
Infielder
2
Justin Masterson
Pitcher
63
Junichi Tazawa
Pitcher
63
Shane Victorino
Outfielder
18
Wade Miley
Pitcher
20
Clay Buchholz
Pitcher
11
Alexi Ogando
Pitcher
41
Christian Vazquez
Catcher
7
Allen Craig
Outfielder
5
Brock Holt
Infielder
26
Daniel Nava
Outfielder
29
Steven Wright
Pitcher
65
Craig Breslow
Pitcher
32
Robbie Ross
Pitcher
28
Ryan Hanigan
Catcher
10
Edward Mujica
Pitcher
Anthony Varvaro
Pitcher
46
Edwin Escobar
Pitcher
51
Tommy Layne
Pitcher
59
Sandy León
Catcher
3

Photo courtesy Keith Allison, Creative Commons.