Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta has already made one grand entrance at Fenway Park. On Saturday, he'll try to actually make it to the mound.
Peralta took a spill on his way to the third-base line introductions before Friday's Fenway opener that was caught on camera, and replayed over and over and over in a raucous Brewers clubhouse after Milwaukee's 6-2 win. Peralta was right in the middle of the group, laughing himself.
"I tripped over myself," Peralta said. "I hit the ground and just rolled over. I was glad I didn't get hurt. What can you do about it? Just laugh."
Asked what tripped him, Peralta said, "My own foot."
The hard-throwing 24-year-old produced fewer bloopers during the second half of last season. After going 4-8 with a 6.08 ERA in his first 15 starts, he rebounded to go 7-7 with a 3.05 ERA in his final 17 starts.
The Brewers hope the second-half Peralta shows up on Saturday, when he squares off against Boston's Clay Buchholz, a right-hander who is not your typical No. 5 starter. He pitched like an ace when healthy last season, going 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA.
Due to the shoulder injury he had in midseason and the fatigue that robbed him of his velocity in the postseason, Buchholz will start the season at the back of the Red Sox's rotation.
"Any time we can give our guys extra time, it's beneficial," said Red Sox pitching coach Juan Nieves. "I think it benefits him, especially the way he ended the season. I'll tell you one thing, everything is very positive. Every symptom that we have seen has been great. His resiliency throwing between starts, his throwing between games in Spring Training have been great and he's felt very healthy. His body is really in a good position. His body is strong."
In his last meaningful start, Buchholz shook off a bout of arm fatigue to deliver four innings in Game 4 of the World Series, allowing only an unearned run.
"That World Series start gave him a lot of confidence that he could go out and compete with the best," Sox manager John Farrell said. "With each start, the action to his stuff picked up and the power climbed. He came out of the spring checking off every box we'd hoped to get accomplished. He's ready to go."
Of Buchholz's spot in the Sox rotation, Farrell said, "When we laid out the rotation, each guy is involved. This wasn't a matter of an ego, saying, 'I should be higher.' It was a matter of him being ready physically when the season began."
Brewers: Off the schneid
• A trio of Brewers were happy to have a batting average as of Friday night. Left fielder Khris Davis entered the day 0-for-8, shortstop Jean Segura was 0-for-7 and first baseman Lyle Overbay was 0-for-5 before logging their first hits. Davis had two doubles and scored two runs.
"Davis, a really nice day," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That's nice if we get him going."
Red Sox: Bogaerts starts hot
• Rookie Xander Bogaerts has started the season as Boston's hottest hitter, demonstrating why there was so much hype that surrounded him when he came through the Minor Leagues.
"Xander has gotten off to a great start and looks very confident and comfortable in the field," said Farrell. "You still marvel at a guy who has less than 100 Major League at-bats and the way he looks. The talent is there, along with the work ethic. He'll have some ups and downs along the way, but he's come out very strong."
• The Red Sox had won nine consecutive season openers before losing to the Brewers on Friday. It was the longest active streak in the Major Leagues.
• Friday's victory was only the Brewers' fourth in their past 16 games against the Red Sox.
• David Ortiz has hit safely in nine straight games dating to last season, including all four of Boston's games in 2014. His single on Friday was fielded by Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, who couldn't get off a clean throw to first from shallow right field.