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American League Game Summary - Boston at New York



(Thursday, April 4th)

Final Score: New York 4, Boston 2

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte served as the stopper the Yankees needed Thursday, as the 40-year-old lefty silenced the Boston Red Sox to help New York avoid a sweep at the hands of its AL East rival with a 4-2 victory.

Over eight vintage innings, Pettitte (1-0) scattered eight hits and a walk while limiting the Red Sox to one run after they combined for 15 against Yankees pitching over the first two games.

As he had so many times before, Pettitte turned the game over to Mariano Rivera, who added to his all-time saves lead with a shaky ninth less than a year removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Lyle Overbay staked the Yankees to an early lead with a two-run single, and Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner provided insurance with solo home runs.

Ryan Dempster (0-1) lasted just five innings in his Red Sox debut. The right- hander struck out eight, but allowed three runs on five hits and four walks to take the loss.

"I got outpitched by the guy on the other side of the field," Dempster said. "That's the way it goes sometimes."

Will Middlebrooks went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored Boston's first run on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s two-out double in the seventh inning.

Pettitte retired David Ross on a flyout to the warning track to end the frame, and Cervelli quickly made it 4-1 with a blast into the left-field bullpen leading off the bottom half.

Pettitte needed just 94 pitches to get through eight, then gave way to Rivera, who was given a standing ovation by the Yankee Stadium crowd in his first appearance since Apr. 30. He was hurt while shagging fly balls during batting practice on May 3 and missed the remainder of the season.

There was some rust out of the gate in this his 19th big-league season, as he issued a leadoff walk to Dustin Pedroia and yielded a one-out double to Jonny Gomes. After Middlebrooks plated Pedroia with a groundout, Rivera caught Bradley looking at strike three to finish off the memorable save.

"There were a lot of emotions, but I had to control it and finish the game," Rivera said. "It was wonderful to be there."

Shane Victorino ran the Red Sox out of a run in the first inning when he tried to score from second on a wild pitch. Cervelli was slow retrieving the ball near the backstop, but the catcher had enough time to recover and nab a head- first sliding Victorino with a diving tag.

Overbay provided the Yankees with their first lead of the series with a two- out, two-run base hit to left-center in the second inning. Travis Hafner started the frame with a single, and Eduardo Nunez kept it alive with a two- out, ground-rule double.

Gardner made it 3-0 leading off the third as he found the first row of seats in right field for his first home run since Sept. 6, 2011.

Game Notes

Thursday marked the 27th time Pettitte was on the hill with the Yankees trying to avoid a sweep. He is 18-3 in those games ... Pettitte has made at least one start for the Yankees in 15 different seasons, tying Red Ruffing for second most in franchise history behind Whitey Ford (16) ... Pettitte improved to 19-10 against the Red Sox, while Dempster fell to 0-5 in six career starts against the Yankees ... Boston was trying to start a season with three straight road wins in New York for the first time since 1912, when the Yankees were known as the Highlanders ... The Red Sox play their next three games in Toronto, while the Yankees head to Detroit for three games against the Tigers.

04/05 00:05:38 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
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ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
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SDP 4
COL 2
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SFG 2
LOS 1
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PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
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WAS
STL
 
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TAM
NYY
 
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MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
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HOU
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Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
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MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
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NOP 105
HOU 100
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SAN 100
LAL 113
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MIA 87
PHI 100
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NYK 95
TOR 92
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MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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SAC 99
PHO 104
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TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
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NYR
PHI
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STL
CHI
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COL
MIN
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SJS
LOS
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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