BOSTON (AP) -- Loyal Red Sox fans have returned to Fenway Park to welcome a new team, a new manager and a new era following a stretch of disappointing seasons.
Monday's home opener against the Baltimore Orioles was sold out, continuing a decade-long home sellout streak. The streak is likely to end this month, reflecting fan discontent following 2011's epic collapse and last year's last-place finish.
Pat Tobin has been watching the Sox since the days of Ted Williams and says she's confident things are looking up for the storied franchise. The Arlington, Mass., woman says wins this season over the rival Yankees and Sunday's 13-0 thrashing of Toronto make her hopeful about the team's chances.
The Red Sox capped a 4-2 road trip to open the season with that shutout win over the Blue Jays. Will Middlebrooks hit three home runs in the victory, and it was one happy trip back to Massachusetts.
As fans greet the new team though, there are still some missing parts. Designated hitter David Ortiz is out with a right heel injury, and shortstop Stephen Drew has a concussion.
Still, Tobin says each year's Fenway opener is cause to celebrate the return of baseball and springtime - and hope for a winning year.
The Red Sox went just 34-47 at home last season.