CLEVELAND -- They scrambled to put the jersey together, and then the Red Sox hung it proudly on the dugout wall. For nine innings, No. 617 with "Boston" above the numerals and "Strong" below them reminded the players of home -- where they were needed, where they wanted to be. They were playing for much more than each other. "It was just something to let them know, theyre out of sight right now, but definitely not out of mind," outfielder Jonny Gomes said. "We just wanted to let people know weve got a heavy heart over here." Mike Napoli hit a three-run double in Bostons seven-run second inning and the Red Sox, playing their first game since the deadly bombings back home, beat the Cleveland Indians 7-2 on Tuesday night. Bostons players had already boarded buses for the airport Monday when they learned of the explosions and horror near the Boston Marathons finish line, where three people were killed and more than 170 injured. The Red Sox were hoping to bring some relief to those affected by the tragedy, and they may have while winning their fourth straight. "Given whats taken place, this is fresh on everyones minds," manager John Farrell said. "Even though we may not be in Boston right now, we carry this with us. We feel very much a part of the city and the community and everything that goes on there. "We have not forgotten by any means." Before the game, Gomes asked one of Bostons clubhouse workers to make up the grey jersey with No. 617 -- Bostons area code -- on the back. Farrell said there was discussion among the players of how they could help, and the jersey became a fitting symbol of how much they care. "This is being carried by each guy," Farrell said. "Guys are really conscious of what has taken place for sure." The series opener was also Indians manager Terry Franconas first game against the Red Sox, the team he led to two World Series titles during eight seasons in Boston. Helped by five walks, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the second off Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) and gave Felix Doubront (1-0) all the support he needed. Staked to the big lead, Doubront allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He struck out seven. Mondays tragic events in Boston brought a sombre tone to Franconas reunion as well as to the Red Sox. Before the game, in a clubhouse devoid of its usual pregame sound and bustle, several players spoke of how a memorable Patriots Day win over Tampa Bay turned horrific. With the American flag clinging to the pole and at half-staff, the Red Sox and Indians, wearing black armbands, solemnly took the field for a moment of silence before the national anthem to honour those who lost their lives in the Boston bombings. As players placed their caps over their hearts, closed their eyes and bowed their heads, Bostons "B" logo appeared on the left-field scoreboard with "STRONG" written underneath. "You get so ramped up for a baseball game because its so important to us and then you look up and realize why youre having a moment of silence," Francona said. "If you need perspective, it gives it to you in a hurry." And then before the first pitch, Fenway Park music standard "Sweet Caroline" filled the ballpark, another nod to Boston and moving forward. "That was a very classy touch," Francona said. Francona was hoping the game could bring Red Sox Nation -- and everyone affected by the tragedy -- some comfort. "If it helps anybody at all, that would be terrific," he said. "I dont know how you quantify what happened. Its just unfair. I just hope maybe this game does help some people." Cleveland did all it could to make the visitors welcome. A young Indians fan presented the Red Sox with a sign he wrote in red ink and ordained with hearts. The note, which was hung in Bostons dugout, read: "From our city to your city: Our hearts and prayers go out to you, Boston. Love, Cleveland." For Francona, there will be another day to reflect and get nostalgic about his years in Boston. This wasnt the time or place. Francona did all he could to downplay his first meeting against the Red Sox since he was fired following the 2011 season, when Boston collapsed down the stretch. The year he spent working as an ESPN analyst may have helped heal some of the hurt feelings, but Francona knows things will be different on Clevelands visit to Boston next month. "Were not in Boston. I had mostly eight really good years (there)," he said. "I dont think I wouldve scripted the end the way it ended. And you move on. Sometimes its time to move on. Im really happy where Im at here, and I think its unfair to the players for me to have like nostalgia week. "Our job is to beat them. And it is them." His starting pitcher didnt help. Jimenez was atrocious in his two-inning stint. The right-hander walked five, including two with the bases loaded, to force in a pair of runs. Pedro Ciriaco hit a sacrifice fly and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI single off Jimenez, who was pulled after walking Dustin Pedroia to load the bases on his 59th pitch. As he walked slowly to the dugout, Indians fans let Jimenez know how they felt about his latest poor performance. He is 1-12 since the second half of last season. Cody Allen relieved Jimenez and gave up Napolis three-run double to make it 7-0. The Indians got a run off Doubront in the second on Mike Aviles sacrifice fly. They had a chance to catch up in the fifth, loading the bases with one out. A passed ball with two outs got Cleveland within 7-2, but Doubront got Mark Reynolds to pop to short right and end the threat. Its a good thing the Red Sox struck early. They struck out 16 times against five Cleveland pitchers. NOTES: The Red Sox placed closer Joel Hanrahan on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. ... The Indians will place CF Michael Bourn on the 15-day disabled list in the next few days. 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Stoudemire was limited to just 29 games in the regular season and four brief appearances in the post-season because of a pair of knee surgeries. Following a 54-28 finish and their first playoff series victory since 2000, improvement wont be easy for the Knicks. Their options will be limited by salary cap rules, and its unclear if they even want to make many changes. Grunwald agreed with players that the best strategy might be giving this seasons roster more time together. "Our focus is to continue to build this core team," Grunwald said in a rare meeting with reporters. "I think some continuity, some familiarization, further growth as individual and as a team, I think thats what we have to do." That could mean re-signing sixth man J.R. Smith if he becomes a free agent, though Grunwald wouldnt comment on specific plans. He also said 40-year-old Jason Kidd, who has two years left on his deal, gave no indication during his exit meeting that he planned to retire after a dismal post-season. Grunwald said the Knicks wont be allowed to acquire players in sign-and-trade deals and have only the exception for taxpaying teams, starting at about $3.2 million next season. They wont get much top talent for that, but they would if Stoudemire could come back and play at anywhere near his former All-Star level. He has to show the Knicks he can be healthy before showing them he deserves to start again. "I havent made that decision. Ill have the summer to kind of evaluate where I go with that, but I think first things first, hes got to come back healthy," coach Mike Woodson said. "I mean, that is the major part of this. Our struggles in terms of where we wanted to go this season was the fact that we had the injury with STAT. STAT was ready I thought when he came in,, but he got hurt.dddddddddddd "A lot is going to depend on where he is once he steps foot in vet camp in terms of where he is health-wise and minute restrictions, that may be the case. All of thats going to play a major role in STAT in terms of where we go with our ballclub and him playing, because I just dont know at this point." Stoudemire worked hard last summer following an injury-plagued 2011-12 season, training with Hakeem Olajuwon to add low-post moves. But he had surgery to clean up and remove tissue from his left knee in training camp and was sidelined until New Years Day. He was playing well in March but then ended up needing the same procedure, called a debridement, on the other knee. He returned for the second round but was clearly rusty and played just 33 minutes, Woodson hardly using him in the final two games. The Knicks didnt get nearly enough scoring in the paint against Indiana, something a healthy Stoudemire could have changed. "I think STAT ... couldve really helped us in that area because we had developed him over the summer to give us some low scoring, and the fact that he just wasnt, I dont think, where we needed him based on his injuries, that kind of hurt us a little bit," Woodson said, acknowledging the Knicks were a jump-shooting team this season and may have to look at adding someone with a low-post game. The Knicks gave Stoudemire a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million in 2010, but hes been unable to remain healthy. He and Carmelo Anthony havent played enough to be comfortable and productive together, and when Stoudemire was sidelined to start the season, Woodson moved Anthony to Stoudemires power forward spot. Anthony ended up winning his first scoring title and the Knicks their first division title since 1994. Once Stoudemire returned, he was limited at first to about 20 minutes a game, which was gradually increased to 30 before he was hurt again. Woodson never seemed to consider starting him, even when frontcourt injuries left few other options, and will have to hope Stoudemire can be healthy enough to give him something to think about next season. "Thatll be for us to determine where our roster winds up next year and where everyone else is," Grunwald said. "I thought he had a great role in terms of where Woody put him in to be successful, in terms of coming off the bench as Woody said, and whether that continues next year or not will be determined. But theres no grand plan per se that hell start or not start. Itll be determined on what Woody decides is best for the team that will give us the best chance to win." ' ' '