For the Boston Red Sox, and every other team in baseball, every game counts starting today. The Sox are the only team that can say we're trying to win back-to-back titles.

Much of the Red Sox team that celebrated at Dodger Stadium in late October are back for the new season. The two big exceptions - Craig Kimbrel and Joe Kelly.

Chris Sale, who threw the first pitch of the season and the last pitch of the season a year ago, will be on the hill tonight to face the Seattle Mariners.

Live coverage of the Red Sox on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket starts at 6:05pm this evening.

Here's the lineup manager Alex Cora will use...

1.  Andrew Benintendi LF

2.  Mookie Betts RF

3.  Rafael Devers 3B

4.  J.D. Martinez DH

5.  Xander Bogaerts SS

6.  Mitch Moreland 1B

7.  Eduardo Nunez 2B

8.  Jackie Bradley Jr. CF

9.  Christian Vazquez C

The second year skipper is confident in his team and does not seemed worried abou the bullpen. Check out what Cora told reporters after Wednesday's workout in Seattle...