Yankees Avoid Sweep by Boston, Pick Up First Win of Season
The New York Yankees started off the 2013 season exactly the way they had hoped not to. They were flat out crushed in the first two games against the bitter rival Boston Red Sox. Even at home, the Yankees didn't put up much of a fight and looked outmatched. In Thursday's series finale, the Yankees picked up a much needed win behind a strong performance by Andy Pettitte. New York won 4-2 to move to 1-2 on the season so far.
Largely considered the best rivalry in sports, the Yankees and Red Sox just don't get along. This season, it's likely the series will change form early on. With stars from both teams on the shelf, including Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and David Ortiz, and with former Red Sox great Kevin Youkilis switching sides and joining New York, many of the current players are new to the rivalry.
Two players who has endured the rivalry for the past two decades have been Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera. Pettitte pitched 8 strong innings, giving up only one earned run. Rivera earned the save, making his first appearance since tearing a ligament in his knee early last year. He's made it known he expects to retire after the season, and this will likely add some firepower to the rivalry.
The Yankees' offense got a rare homer from OF Brett Gardner and newcomer 1B Lyle Overbay added 2 RBI. For the Red Sox, future stars 3B Will Middlebrooks and OF Jackie Bradley Jr. recorded RBI.
The Yankees needed this win tonight to temper critics of the veteran Yankees. Boston and New York will have more great games this season but will likely be competing to not finish last in the East. Their next series against each other will be May 31st-June 2 again in the Bronx.
Next up, the Yankees head out on a 7 game road trip, facing AL Central squads Detroit and Cleveland. Ivan Nova will get the ball next, as he'll look to keep the Tigers' All-Star bats in check.
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