Boston at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Lester (2-2) L: P. Hughes (1-1)
S: J. Papelbon (7)
HR: BOS - M. Lowell (6), J. Bay (6)   NYY - J. Damon (5), M. Teixeira (4), M. Teixeira (5)

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NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox got off to a better start at the new Yankee Stadium than the old one.

Jon Lester matched a career high with 10 strikeouts, Mike Lowell and Jason Bay homered and the Red Sox held off New York 6-4 Monday night in a rain-delayed game that ended at 1:10 a.m.

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Jonathan Papelbon pitched 1 2/3 innings for his seventh save, striking out Robinson Cano with the bases loaded to finish a game that featured five home runs and a shouting match.

"It's a long day," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said, "and it ends up being a great night."

Mark Teixeira homered twice for the Yankees, who dropped to 0-4 against their longtime rival and might have lost Jorge Posada. The All-Star catcher injured his right hamstring sliding and will go for an MRI exam.

"I'm not sure how bad it's going to be, but he won't be playing tomorrow, I'll tell you that," Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The Red Sox went 285-484-4 across the street at The House That Ruth Built and lost the opener when Babe Ruth homered in the Yankees' 4-1 win on April 18, 1923.

Any Red Sox-Yankees game is sure to get a bit testy, and this one did in the fourth inning. Girardi hollered from the dugout at Red Sox first-base coach Tim Bogar while Boston's Kevin Youkilis batted.

It was not certain what they argued about -- there was speculation Girardi accused Bogar of tipping either pitches or locations to Boston hitters. Girardi shifted his spot on the bench to get closer to Bogar, who shouted back.

Neither Girardi nor Bogar would specify what happened.

"I'm not going to comment on that. It's baseball men being baseball men, and it's just something I thought I saw. Just leave it at that," Girardi said.

Said Bogar: "I don't know what his problem is. He just had something to say and I answered him back."

A delay of 2 hours, 17 minutes at the start dampened the enthusiasm, and only a few thousand fans in the announced crowd of 46,426 sat through the drizzle on a chilly, blustery evening.

"It wasn't ideal, but it wasn't like it was just wet for us," Yankees star Derek Jeter said.

Lester (2-2) got Boston off to a neat start, beginning by striking out Jeter, Johnny Damon and Teixeira.

Teixeira homered from each side of the plate and Damon also connected for the Yankees. There have been 36 home runs at the stadium, a record for the first 10 games at a major league park.

Down 4-0 and taking awful swings against Lester, the Yankees rallied in the fifth. Coincidence or not, the comeback came immediately after Girardi was ejected by plate umpire Jerry Meals for disputing a called third strike on Jeter.

"It seemed like it worked there for a minute," Jeter said.

With the crowd still stirring on the next two pitches, Damon hit a two-run homer and Teixeira connected to make it 4-3.

Youkilis struck out twice and grounded into a double play, then left in the sixth because of tightness on the left side of his lower back. Francona said he wasn't sure whether Youkilis would play Tuesday night.

The Red Sox scored in each of the first four innings against Phil Hughes (1-1). Lowell hit a solo homer and an RBI single, and slumping David Ortiz doubled twice.

Teixeira led off the eighth with a homer against Ramon Ramirez that made it 6-4.


  • The crowd was the smallest to watch Boston play at Yankee Stadium since 44,617 turned out on May 28, 2003.
  • Girardi was ejected for the eighth time in his career, the fifth time as a manager.
  • Teixeira had gone eight games without an RBI.
  • Municipal Stadium in Kansas City (1955), Enron Field in Houston (2000) and Miller Park in Milwaukee (2001) each served up 35 homers in the first 10 games.
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Derek Jeter argues a called third strike in the fourth, which results in skipper Joe Girardi getting tossed.  (AP)
Derek Jeter argues a called third strike in the fourth, which results in skipper Joe Girardi getting tossed. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 2

J. Bay
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5120104 .287
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110113 .305
David Ortiz, DH3021201 .222
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3000023 .393
    Jeff Bailey, 1B2000022 .143
J.D. Drew, RF2210210 .273
Jason Bay, LF5132013 .321
Mike Lowell, 3B4122111 .307
Jason Varitek, C5000025 .222
Nick Green, SS4000100 .283
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (4, Hughes), David Ortiz 2 (9, Hughes, Hughes)
HR - Jason Bay (6, Aceves), Mike Lowell (6, Hughes)
RBI - David Ortiz (13), Jason Bay 2 (22), Mike Lowell 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz (6), Mike Lowell (17)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (14, 3rd base off Aceves/Molina)
Team LOB - 13
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,2-2) 76332102 5.11
Ramon Ramirez (H,4) 0.1111101 0.59
Jonathan Papelbon (S,7) 1.2200130 1.50
HBP - Jeter (by Jonathan Papelbon)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 111-76, Ramon Ramirez 10-4, Jonathan Papelbon 32-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 5-6, Ramon Ramirez 1-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 29, Ramon Ramirez 3, Jonathan Papelbon 9
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4010021 .274
Johnny Damon, LF5112013 .272
Mark Teixeira, 1B5222023 .195
Nick Swisher, RF3000210 .300
Robinson Cano, 2B4000124 .349
Jorge Posada, DH2020100 .312
   a- Hideki Matsui, PH-DH1000011 .284
Melky Cabrera, CF4010013 .317
Jose Molina, C4010015 .257
Angel Berroa, 3B3100021 .167
   b- Brett Gardner, PH1010000 .234
a-struck out for Posada in the 8th
b-singled for Berroa in the 9th
HR - Johnny Damon (5, Lester), Mark Teixeira 2 (5, Lester, Ramirez)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (12), Mark Teixeira 2 (12)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (4), Mark Teixeira (6)
SB - Derek Jeter (6, 2nd base off Papelbon/Varitek), Brett Gardner (6, 3rd base off Papelbon/Varitek)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Berroa-Cano-Teixeira, Berroa-Teixeira
PB - Jose Molina (2)
E - Derek Jeter (2, Throwing), Jose Molina (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (L,1-1) 4743421 2.70
Alfredo Aceves 4.1422271 4.15
Edwar Ramirez 0.1000210 5.23
Phil Coke 0.1000000 3.60
IBB - Ortiz by Alfredo Aceves
HBP - Drew (by Alfredo Aceves)
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 94-56, Alfredo Aceves 70-46, Edwar Ramirez 13-4, Phil Coke 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 2-7, Alfredo Aceves 4-2
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 22, Alfredo Aceves 20, Edwar Ramirez 3, Phil Coke 1
Game Information
Attendance - 46426
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 54
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Dale Scott