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Pineda shines as Yankees down Red Sox

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.

Pineda's last win in the majors came with Seattle on July 30, 2011.

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.

Xander Bogaerts collected two of the Red Sox' four hits.

04/10 22:10:03 ET