American League Game Summary - Boston at New York|
(Thursday, April 10th)
Final Score: New York 4, Boston 1
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Michael Pineda turned in six-plus sharp
innings to earn his first major league win in nearly 33 months, and the New
York Yankees drew first blood in their early-season series with the rival
Boston Red Sox with a 4-1 verdict on Thursday.
Jacoby Ellsbury, facing his former team for the first time since bolting the
defending World Series champion Red Sox for a seven-year, $153 million
contract with the Yankees over the winter, contributed an RBI single and a run
scored to help the Bronx Bombers claim the opener of this four-game set.
Fellow free-agent pickup Brian McCann also singled in a run, while rookie Dean
Anna belted his first big-league homer in the victory.
Still, the star of the game was Pineda (1-1), who missed two full seasons with
shoulder problems after being acquired by the Yankees from Seattle in January
of 2012. The right-hander held Boston to one run -- a Daniel Nava homer in the
seventh -- and four hits while striking out seven.
"His location was really good, he mixed his pitches really well," said Yankees
manager Joe Girardi. "He gave us some good distance on a night when he really
needed it, so there were a lot of [positives]."
Pineda's last win in the majors came with Seattle on July 30, 2011.
"I'm so happy tonight," he said. "It was my first time pitching at Yankee
Stadium, so I was very, very excited tonight."
There was some controversy, though, as cameras appeared to pick up a substance
on Pineda's hand. Both sides, though, downplayed the issue with Pineda calling
Boston starter Clay Buchholz (0-1) bounced back from an awful season debut to
toss six solid innings, but was hung with the loss after permitting four runs
-- two earned -- while fanning six.
"I felt a lot better," Buchholz said. "I felt a lot more comfortable with each
pitch out there. I've got to minimize damage a little bit more in a couple of
spots. Other than that, I felt like I threw the ball pretty well."
Xander Bogaerts collected two of the Red Sox' four hits.
Pineda was in control nearly the entire way through his second start as a
Yankee, beginning his stint with seven straight outs and not yielding a hit
until Bogaerts singled to lead off the fifth. He was working with a 2-0 lead
at the time after New York reached Buchholz for a pair of unearned runs in the
bottom of the fourth.
Ellsbury's second at-bat against his ex-mates was a slow grounder that Boston
third baseman Jonathan Herrera mishandled for an error to begin New York's
half of the fourth. He took second on a Carlos Beltran base hit before McCann
delivered a hard single down the right-field line to break the scoreless
deadlock as Beltran raced to third.
Buchholz was able to get the next batter, Alfonso Soriano, to bounce into a
double-play, though Beltran crossed the plate for a 2-0 advantage.
Anna extended the margin by hammering a Buchholz offering into the seats in
right with one out in the fifth. Derek Jeter smacked a ground-rule double two
batters later, with Ellsbury following with a grounder through the left side
of the infield to increase the lead to 4-0.
Pineda's shutout bid was spoiled when Nava crushed a belt-high fastball over
the right-field wall to open the seventh, then surrendered a single to
Bogaerts to have his evening end. Cesar Cabral came on to strike out A.J.
Pierzynski and Jackie Bradley Jr. in succession before David Phelps prevented
further damage by retiring pinch-hitter Ryan Roberts on a ground ball.
Phelps then set the Red Sox down in order over the final two innings to pick
up his first career save.
Ellsbury spent seven seasons with the Red Sox, batting .297 and stealing 241
bases while helping Boston to a pair of World Series titles ... Jeter ended 2-
for-4 with a run scored ... Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner singled in the
third inning to extend his hit streak to eight games ... Boston's Grady
Sizemore, playing in his 900th major league game, made his first-ever start in
left field ... The Red Sox are 0-6 this season when the opposing team scores
04/11 00:30:23 ET