The time was 6:02 p.m., and the voice on the radio was Emma Tiedemann calling her first game as the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the Portland Sea Dogs.

“Politi calls for a fresh baseball,” Tiedemann said. “Martin digs in. Great crowd on hand as Politi digs in on the mound. Glove on his left hip, ball on his right side, he comes set at the waist, kicks, and the first pitch – laced into right field!”

With that, Red Sox minor league baseball was back.

For the first time since September of 2019 — 20 months almost to the day — the organization, top-to-bottom, had a full slate of games scheduled on Tuesday. The big-league Red Sox themselves opened a three-game series at home against the Tigers, while Tanner Houck became the first-ever Opening Day starter for the Triple-A WooSox, and 19-year-old Nick Yorke made his professional debut almost a year after he was drafted.



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