DETROITRed Sox reliever Mark Melancon, summoned into start of the bottom of the ninth inning, suggested that he was slightly surprised by the rapidity with which he was pulled from his team’s contest against the Tigers. Melancon recorded a hard-hit out, then allowed a pair of soft singles to Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila to put runners on first and second with one out. At that point, manager Bobby Valentine made the move to closer Alfredo Aceves. Asked whether it felt like a quick hook, Melancon acknowledged, “Yeah, it did. It felt a little quick. But that’s not my job. My job is to get outs and I didn’t do that. I’m not going to think any more about that. I’m just going to continue to try to get outs and get after it.”

So to recap: the Sox have one loss, which is nothing to worry about.  With one bullpen meltdown, which is also nothing to worry about.  And one reliever second-guessing the manager, which is… well it’s not good.  And when said reliever is 0-1, let 2-of-3 hitters reach base and has a small-sample 27.00 ERA and he’s already undermining his boss, that is not a good look.  I refuse to overreact to the first month of the season, let alone the first game.  But with got Josh Beckett skipping the team bus for his own limo, Aceves allegedly all pissed off about not being in the rotation and now Melancon bitching about how he’s getting used, this is starting to feel eerily familiar.   @JerryThornton1