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New York at Boston

W: A. Aceves (1-0) L: H. Okajima (1-1)
S: M. Rivera (1)
HR: NYY - R. Cano (1)   BOS - V. Martinez (1)

Yankees take advantage of error, edge Red Sox

CBSSports.com wire reports

BOSTON -- Derek Jeter hustled down the first base line to keep the inning alive. Jorge Posada scored the go-ahead run. And Mariano Rivera picked up the save.

When Rivera made his first appearance of the year Tuesday night, the Yankees achieved a unique distinction -- 16 consecutive seasons in which a particular trio of teammates played together. No other team in major league baseball, the NFL, NBA or NHL has done that.

But the plays that gave New York the tiebreaking run in its 6-4 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night involved two newcomers to their teams.

Marco Scutaro's throwing error on Jeter's grounder to shortstop loaded the bases in the eighth and a walk to Nick Johnson made it 5-4.

"That's what we anticipated him to do," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Johnson, known for his keen batting eye.

The Red Sox certainly didn't expect Scutaro to throw away a routine ground ball. After all, they signed him as part of their emphasis on run prevention.

"I just made a bad throw. That's it. I don't really have an excuse," said Scutaro, who spent the last two seasons with Toronto. "It's always hard when you make an error that cost you the game."

Boston had a chance to keep the game tied, but Hideki Okajima fell behind 3-0 on Johnson, who split last season between Washington and Florida, then walked him on a 3-1 count.

Johnson has four walks in 10 plate appearances in the three-game series, which ends Wednesday night.

"I was just trying to keep it as simple as possible," he said. "Against a lefty, you've got to stay in there."

Robinson Cano hit his first homer of the season in the ninth, then Rivera allowed a one-out double to Scutaro in the bottom half before retiring the next two batters. That gave Rivera 527 saves, most in AL history. And it broke a tie with Milwaukee's Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor and Robin Yount, who played 15 seasons together from 1978-92.

But the performance of New York's other relievers was satisfying to Girardi after his bullpen gave up four runs in 2 2/3 innings in a 9-7 loss to Boston on Sunday night. In the eighth, with a runner at second and one out, Joba Chamberlain struck out the next two batters.

That came after Alfredo Aceves (1-0) pitched two hitless innings.

"We take pride in the fact that we can go out and get outs," Chamberlain said. "We didn't do our job the other day."

Okajima (1-1) failed to do his on Tuesday night. Posada opened the eighth with a ground-rule double. Then Nick Swisher worked Okajima for 11 pitches before grounding out.

"He fought hard. I tried to fight back," Okajima said through a translator, "but with him fighting, it affected me."

Posada stayed at second when Brett Gardner singled to short left field with one out. Curtis Granderson flied out. Then Jeter hit the ball to Scutaro. The throw bounced in front of first baseman Kevin Youkilis and ticked off his glove.

Jeter had made a throwing error in the sixth, but Boston didn't score.

Scutaro wasn't as lucky. He said he didn't get a good grip on the ball, and knew as soon as he made the throw that it was a bad one.

Boston manager Terry Francona thought Scutaro rushed it.

"I think when he saw where Jeter was then he hurried and just kind of short-armed it a little bit," Francona said.

Starters A.J. Burnett for New York and Jon Lester for Boston each allowed four runs in five innings.

For Burnett, it was more trouble at Fenway Park, where he went 0-2 with an 8.85 ERA in four starts last year. The first time he pitched there in 2009, he allowed eight runs in five innings in Boston's 16-11 win.

Lester pitched Boston's second game for the third consecutive year and struggled each time. He lost 5-1 to Oakland in 2008 in Tokyo and 7-2 to Tampa Bay last season. He gave up a combined nine runs in nine innings.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Youkilis. Victor Martinez gave the Red Sox a 3-1 lead in the third with his first homer of the year, a two-run shot after Jacoby Ellsbury's double.

Then the Yankees jumped ahead 4-3 in the fifth after loading the bases with no outs when Granderson and Jeter singled and Johnson was hit by a pitch. The runs scored when Teixeira grounded into a forceout at second, Alex Rodriguez doubled and Cano hit a sacrifice fly.


  • Righty batter Marcus Thames started in left field for New York for lefty Gardner because left-hander Lester started. Gardner pinch hit for Thames in the sixth when right-hander Manny Delcarmen replaced Lester.
  • Red Sox No. 5 starter Clay Buchholz plans to throw a simulated game Wednesday. With two days off in the first five of the season, Boston won't use him until Sunday in Kansas City.
  • The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., who got the first gold medal for the United States at the Vancouver Olympics by winning the women's moguls. During the opening ceremonies, she wore an Ellsbury T-shirt under her Olympic uniform. Ellsbury caught her pitch Tuesday.
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Mariano Rivera closes out the Yankees' first victory for his 527th save -- the most in AL history.  (AP)
Mariano Rivera closes out the Yankees' first victory for his 527th save -- the most in AL history. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

R. Cano
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Mark Teixeira, 1B5101014 .000
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5011011 .200
Robinson Cano, 2B3222101 .500
Jorge Posada, C4110112 .500
Nick Swisher, RF4021011 .429
    Randy Winn, RF0000000 .000
Marcus Thames, LF1000111 .000
   a- Brett Gardner, PH-LF2010001 .500
Curtis Granderson, CF4110016 .250
a-grounded out for Thames in the 6th
2B - Alex Rodriguez (2, Lester), Jorge Posada (1, Okajima), Nick Swisher 2 (2, Lester, Delcarmen)
HR - Robinson Cano (1, Atchison)
SF - Robinson Cano (1)
RBI - Nick Johnson (1), Mark Teixeira (1), Alex Rodriguez (1), Robinson Cano 2 (3), Nick Swisher (1)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Johnson (1)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira
E - Derek Jeter (1, Throwing), Damaso Marte (1, Throwing), Jorge Posada (1, Throwing)
New York Yankees
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Alfredo Aceves (W,1-0) 2000000 0.00
David Robertson0100000 0.00
Damaso Marte (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Joba Chamberlain (H,1) 0.2000020 4.50
Mariano Rivera (S,1) 1100010 0.00
HBP - Cameron (by A.J. Burnett)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 94-58, Alfredo Aceves 23-16, David Robertson 4-2, Damaso Marte 4-2, Joba Chamberlain 9-6, Mariano Rivera 14-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 3-6, Alfredo Aceves 4-3
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 23, Alfredo Aceves 7, David Robertson 1, Damaso Marte 1, Joba Chamberlain 2, Mariano Rivera 4
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, LF5220011 .200
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110003 .333
Victor Martinez, C3123100 .375
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3011021 .571
David Ortiz, DH4000013 .000
Adrian Beltre, 3B4020011 .429
J.D. Drew, RF4000023 .125
Mike Cameron, CF3000010 .333
Marco Scutaro, SS4010003 .429
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, Burnett), Victor Martinez (2, Burnett), Marco Scutaro (1, M. Rivera)
HR - Victor Martinez (1, Burnett)
SF - Kevin Youkilis (1)
RBI - Victor Martinez 3 (3), Kevin Youkilis (3)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, 3rd base off Burnett/Posada), Adrian Beltre (1, 2nd base off Burnett/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Scutaro-Pedroia-Youkilis
E - Marco Scutaro (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
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Daniel Bard 1000110 0.00
Hideki Okajima (L,1-1) 0.2210100 0.00
Scott Atchison 1.1111021 6.75
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Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 94-53, Manny Delcarmen 20-12, Daniel Bard 16-9, Hideki Okajima 32-20, Scott Atchison 23-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 7-3, Manny Delcarmen 2-1, Daniel Bard 1-1, Hideki Okajima 2-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 24, Manny Delcarmen 4, Daniel Bard 4, Hideki Okajima 6, Scott Atchison 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38000
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 53
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West