Boston Red Sox Photos: Monday, April 18, 2016 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

As is tradition in Boston every year on Patriot’s Day, the Red Sox hosted an 11:05 AM game at Fenway Park against the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday. The early start time – the only morning game in Major League Baseball – coincides with the Boston Marathon. Runners pass just a few blocks away from Park as they approach the end of their 26.2 mile journey. Although the Red Sox weren’t able to pull out a victory over Toronto, the mood was festive and cheerful inside Fenway. Before the game, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who is playing Bauman in the upcoming movie, ‘Stronger,’ threw out a ceremonial first pitch together.

It’s hard not to think about where we all were three years ago on this day, in the immediate aftermath of the bombing. Living through that week was surreal for everyone involved. I found myself thinking about it a lot yesterday. 

Boston Red Sox Photos: Thursday, May 22, 2014 vs. Toronto Blue Jays.

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"Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista celebrates after scoring a run during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista celebrates after scoring a run during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes tosses his helmet during the third inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes tosses his helmet during the third inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski reacts during the sixth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski reacts during the sixth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Fans reach for a foul ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Fans reach for a foul ball during a game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles after lining out during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz smiles after lining out during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reveals the ball after making a diving catch during the second inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. reveals the ball after making a diving catch during the second inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

"Toronto Blue Jays outfielders Jose Bautista, Anthony Gose, and Melky Cabrera celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts."

“Toronto Blue Jays outfielders Jose Bautista, Anthony Gose, and Melky Cabrera celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox Thursday, May 22, 2014 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.”

Well, this was a homestand to forget for the Red Sox. A seven game losing streak has not translated well for photos, but it’s a marathon season and there’s still a long way to go. 

In the meantime, here are a few from yesterday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.