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Red Sox close out win vs. Yankees

Jackie Bradley made a running catch to end the third inning.
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Jackie Bradley made a running catch to end the third inning.

The Red Sox began the 2013 season on a high note with an 8-2 win over the archrival Yankees on Monday in New York.

Rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. scored twice, drew three walks and made a nice running catch to thwart a Yankees rally to help power the win. Shortstop Jose Iglesias added three hits and a run. Jon Lester picked up the win after working five innings.

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4:48 p.m.: Joel Hanrahan didn’t pick up the save, but did close out his first game with the Red Sox to end an Opening Day 8-2 victory over the Yankees. Hanrahan worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

4:43 p.m.: Even with the 8-2 lead, closer Joel Hanrahan entered the game in the ninth inning for the Red Sox.

4:42 p.m.: Rain is falling on the field at Yankee Stadium in the ninth inning, and the wind is kicking up and blowing trash around the field.

4:41 p.m.: The Red Sox’ ninth inning ended when new pitcher Cody Eppley induced a groundout by Dustin Pedroia.


4:38 p.m.: Jackie Bradley now has two runs and three walks in his MLB debut. He’s the first player in league history to draw three walks in his debut since 2000, via WEEI’s Alex Speier.

4:36 p.m.: Shane Victorino singled to right to score Jackie Bradley and add another run to Red Sox’ lead. That chased Joba Chamberlain from the game. Red Sox 8, Yankees 2

4:35 p.m.: The Red Sox added two more runs on a ground ball by Jacoby Ellsbury deep into the hole between first and second base. Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jonny Gomes scored. Red Sox 7, Yankees 2

4:23 p.m.: A mustachioed Joba Chamberlain entered the game to pitch for the Yankees in the top of the ninth. At the same time, new Red Sox closer Joel Hanrahan was warming in the Boston bullpen.

4:21 p.m.: Junichi Tazawa worked out of the eighth inning after facing just three batters. He allowed a base hit to Travis Hafner, but then induced a 1-6-3 double play from Ichiro Suzuki to end the inning.


4:19 p.m. Attendance at Yankee Stadium today was 49,514, via our Nick Cafardo.

4:15 p.m.: Junichi Tazawa entered the game to start the bottom of the eighth for the Red Sox.

4:13 p.m.: Shawn Kelly retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth.

4:09 p.m.: Shawn Kelly, who warmed up in the second inning for the Yankees, entered the game to pitch the top of the eighth.

Kevin Youkillis reacted after striking out to end the Yankees’ seventh inning.

4:06 p.m.: Andrew Bailey struck out Kevin Youkilis to squash the Yankees’ rally hopes in the seventh inning. Bailey threw 95 mph on the fastball to draw a swing-and-miss from Youkilis on the third strike.

4:02 p.m.: After walking his first two batters, Andrew Miller battled back and struck out Eduardo Nunez and Robinson Cano on his next two batters. John Farrell then came out to lift Miller in favor of Andrew Bailey with Kevin Youkilis due up.

3:55 p.m.: Andrew Miller ran into trouble right away by walking Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner to open the seventh inning. That brought a visit from pitching coach Juan Nieves.

3:50 p.m.: Andrew Miller relieved Koji Uehara for the Red Sox to start the seventh inning.

3:46 p.m.: The Red Sox’ rally was stopped with just one run after Jacoby Ellsbury’s blooper was caught by Yankees SS Eduardo Nunez to end the seventh inning.

3:44 p.m.: Jose Iglesias recorded his third hit of the afternoon to extend the seventh inning on a slow dribbler to third. (Of Iglesias’s three hits, none left the infield.)

3:40 p.m.: Jackie Bradley registered his first MLB RBI with a groundout that brought home Will Middlebrooks from third. Red Sox 5, Yankees 2

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In their first Opening Day starts, Jose Iglesias (foreground) and Jackie Bradley (background) helped the Red Sox out to an early lead over the Yankees.

3:34 p.m.: The Red Sox put together another scoring threat in the seventh inning. Walks to Will Middlebrooks (first time on base) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia put two men on. A fly ball out to right hit by Jonny Gomes advanced Middlebrooks to third with just one one and Jackie Bradley due up. That prompted the Yankees to call for Boone Logan from the bullpen.

3:22 p.m.: Koji Uehara threw just five pitches in a 1-2-3 sixth inning for the Red Sox. He retired Lyle Overbay for the third out. Overbay spent most of spring training with the Red Sox, but was cut last week and joined the Yankees, who needed him as a bench player. Overbay’s addition to the lineup, in place of 3B Jayson Nix, means that Kevin Youkilis will play third next inning, with Overbay at first.

3:20 p.m.: Koji Uehara relieved Jon Lester to start the sixth inning for the Red Sox.

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Jon Lester left the game after five innings.

3:18 p.m.: The Red Sox have not capitalized since the second inning. From the third inning to the sixth, they went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position (via CSNNE’s Sean McAdam).

3:16 p.m.: A promising Red Sox inning petered out with a weak Mike Napoli flyout to left. Dustin Pedroia was left on first base. But the inning will be remembered for the Red Sox’ inability to score after Jacoby Ellsbury’s opening single. That flyout left Napoli at 0 for 4 today.

3:14 p.m.: The Yankees threw out Jacoby Ellsbury at the plate for the second out of the sixth inning. Ellsbury led off with a triple. He moved on contact when Dustin Pedroia smacked a line drive to third base, but Jayson Nix executed a perfect throw to Francisco Cervelli to cut down Ellsbury at the plate.

3:09 p.m.: CC Sabathia’s day ended after five innings. David Phelps emerged from the bullpen to begin the sixth inning against the Red Sox. In the Red Sox bullpen, Koji Uehara has been warming.

3:07 p.m.: Jon Lester ended the fifth inning strong by striking out Vernon Wells looking. It was Lester’s seventh strikeout, and it stranded Robinson Cano at first.

3:04 p.m.: One stat to keep an eye on as the game moves on - the Red Sox left eight men on base through the first five innings. Will they regret those lost opportunities later?

3:03 p.m.: Are you wearing your shoes made out of a baseball today? This fan at Yankee Stadium is.

3:00 p.m.: We knew Jose Iglesias’s perfect season couldn’t last forever. Iglesias popped up to first to leave the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled with two outs to start the would-be rally, and then walks to Jonny Gomes (intentional) and Jackie Bradley loaded the bases. But CC Sabathia (102 pitches through five innings) worked out of the jam.

2:51 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli tends to thrive in pressure situations like the one he delivered on in the fourth inning. With the hit, he improved his career total with the bases loaded and 2 outs to to 7-for-10.

2:48 p.m.: Jon Lester threw 34 pitches in a tough fourth inning as he worked through the Yankees lineup for a second time. After Lester allowed the 2-run single to Francisco Cervelli, the Red Sox had Junichi Tazawa throwing in the bullpen. After four innings, Lester threw a total of 82 pitches.

2:46 p.m.: The Red Sox limited the Yankees to just two runs in the fourth inning. Shane Victorino ran down a Brett Gardner line drive to right to end the threat.

2:44 p.m.: Francisco Cervelli put the Yankees on the board with a 2-run single down the left field line. That brought pitching coach Juan Nieves out to see Jon Lester. Red Sox 4, Yankees 2

2:41 p.m.: With the count full, Jon Lester struck out Jayson Nix looking for a key out with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning.

2:36 p.m.: Kevin Youkilis helped the Yankees put together their first serious scoring opportunity. He led off the fourth with a double, before the Yankees went on to load the bases with one out.

2:27 p.m.: It seems like for as long as Jose Iglesias has been a Red Sox prospect, his offensive potential has been questioned. But the starting shortstop has begun the new year with two hits in two at bats. He first one led to the game’s first run. His second one was a bunt single down the first base line. Batting average after two at-bats: 1.000.

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Jose Iglesias bunted for a hit in the fourth inning.

2:25 p.m.: Jackie Bradley had not played left field until the Red Sox asked him to field the position in spring training. He was primarily a center fielder after being selected with the 40th pick of the 2011 draft. Keep that in mind if he continues to make plays like the acrobatic catch he made to end the third inning.

2:24 p.m.: The Red Sox put two runners on in the fourth inning, but emerged without any more runs.

2:17 p.m.: CC Sabathia reminded Jackie Bradley of his mortality with a 3-pitch strikeout to lead off the fourth inning. Bradley swung and missed at a pitch inside to seal the strikeout.

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Jose Iglesias dove into home plate with one of four second-inning runs.

2:14 p.m.: Jackie Bradley made an acrobatic catch of a Robinson Cano line drive to the left field wall to end the third inning. Bradley was running backwards and snagged the ball just before it would have hit the wall to end a Yankees scoring threat. Brett Gardner recorded their first hit of the game on what was effectively a swinging bunt.

2:11 p.m.: The Red Sox have a decidedly younger team as this year begins. For the first time since 2003, every player in their Opening Day lineup is 32 or younger (via our Peter Abraham). David Ortiz, 37, would be in the lineup but he is on the DL.

2:07 p.m.: The Red Sox ($150.65M) have the fourth-highest payroll in MLB this year, according to a USA Today analysis out today. They follow the Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies. The highest-ranking individual Red Sox player? John Lackey, who checked in at No. 34 with a $16M salary.

2:03 p.m.: For the first time, CC Sabathia retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the third inning.

1:56 p.m.: Jayson Nix took a strike three looking to end the Yankees’ half of the second inning. Jon Lester’s only blemish was a walk to Ben Francisco.

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Teammates converged upon Jackie Bradley after he scored in the second inning.

1:51 p.m.: What’s the difference between the end of the Bobby Valentine era and the start of the John Farrell era? Well, runs for one thing. Via ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, the Red Sox’ 4-run second inning meant they scored more runs already on Opening Day than in any of their final 9 games of 2012.

1:49 p.m.: Here’s how bad it was for the Yankees in the 2nd inning: They were warming up Shawn Kelly in the bullpen as Opening Day starter and perennial All Star CC Sabathia struggled.

1:47 p.m.: Mike Napoli flied out to center to end the Red Sox’ half of the second inning.

1:43 p.m.: The Red Sox are not taking their feet off the gas pedal. Dustin Pedroia delivered his second hit in as many innings, which brought Jacoby Ellsbury around to score and left two runners still on. Red Sox 4, Yankees 0

1:41 p.m.: Shane Victorino singled home two more runs with a liner to left field. Jose Iglesias and Jackie Bradley, both after their first-ever MLB Opening Day plate appearances, came around to score. Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Shane Victorino followed through on a 2-run single in the second inning.

1:39 p.m.: The Red Sox struck first with a bases-loaded ground ball from Jose Iglesias that delivered a run. The ball was hit deep in the hole at first, but the Yankees could not retire Jackie Bradley at second base. Red Sox 1, Yankees 0

1:38 p.m.: Jackie Bradley’s first plate appearance was impressive. He worked a walk after being in an 0-2 hole. His walk loaded the bases with 1 out.

1:34 p.m.: The Red Sox put together their first scoring threat of the season in the 2nd inning with a walk to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and a single from Jonny Gomes. Sets the plate for Jackie Bradley.

1:32 p.m.: This is the 2nd consecutive game and series for the Red Sox and Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The teams finished the 2012 season there, in Bobby Valentine’s swan song. There’s a lot different vibe around the Red Sox in this game than there was then.

1:30 p.m.: Have you seen the new, clean-shaven, pinstripe-clad Kevin Youkilis? Here’s a look at him now.

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A look at Kevin Youkilis now.

1:27 p.m.: Old friend Kevin Youkilis made good contact in his debut as the Yankees cleanup, hitter, but slammed a line drive directly at Shane Victorino in right field. End of first inning.

1:25 p.m.: Jon Lester nearly had a 1-2-3 inning. He struck out Robinson Cano, the third batter, but Saltalamacchia could not handle the putout and Cano reached on a wild pitch.

1:17 p.m.: Mike Napoli’s first plate appearance in a Red Sox uniform was a dud. He struck out on a 1-2 pitch, which stranded Dustin Pedroia and ended the first inning.

1:14 p.m.: Dustin Pedroia said he was ready to set a strong tone for this Red Sox team. And he followed through early by becoming the team’s first baserunner of the season with a 2-out single off CC Sabathia. Pedroia now has a streak of hits in 7 consecutive Opening Day games.

1:12 p.m.: We’re underway. Jacoby Ellsbury was retired on a weak popout to shortstop in the first at-bat against CC Sabathia.

1:07 p.m.: The Red Sox and Yankees are both wearing patches honoring the victims of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy today. Here’s a look at it.

1:05 p.m.: The Red Sox aren’t the only team that’s undergone great change. The Yankees, decimated by injuries, have only one player -- second baseman Robinson Cano -- in the starting lineup today in the same position he was in last Opening Day.

1:03 p.m.: Alex Rodriguez (hip) isn’t in the Yankees lineup, but made his first public comments since his January operation today. He’ll be out for many months most likely, but said he’s motivated to get back on the field. “It’s a great challenge to prove all you guys wrong,” he said.

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Both teams observed a moment of silence for victims of the Newtown tragedy before the first pitch.

12:56 p.m.: Yankees fans, who booed Kevin Youkilis for many years, seemed to chant “Yooouuuuk” when Youkilis was introduced hitting fourth in their lineup. Said our Red Sox reporter, Peter Abraham, “It’s a world gone mad.“

12:50 p.m.: The teams have been introduced and there is no change in the starting lineups. Jackie Bradley will bat 8th for the Red Sox.

12:30 p.m.: Constantine Maroulis will be singing the national anthem today. There will also be a moment of silence before the game for victims of the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

11:45 a.m.: Are the Red Sox and Yankees really going to be in a battle to avoid finishing in last place in the AL East this year? That’s how Dan Shaughnessy sees it: “for the first time in a long time, either the Red Sox or Yankees are going to be picked to finish last by the majority of prognosticators.”

David Ortiz was not in the lineup due to a foot injury, but he was on the field stretching with teammates prior to the game.

11:39 a.m.: How new is this Red Sox roster? Fans may need some time to learn the new names, because 32 percent of the roster has never played a game for Boston. Turning over the roster was a priority for the Red Sox this winter, and improving team chemistry was big factor in that process, as we detailed in the 2013 MLB preview section on Sunday.

11:23 a.m.: The renewal of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry this year comes with many changes. Many of the biggest names (David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira) missing due to injury. One big-name player (Kevin Youkilis) has switched sides. And the two teams have fallen from their once-lofty perches, with some analysts saying either team could finish last in the AL East. But Red Sox manager John Farrell said that hasn’t dulled the rivalry from his perspective. “While the names have changed, I don’t think you can completely look past the history these teams have,” he said. “Everyone in our clubhouse is looking forward to it.”

11:12 a.m: John Farrell, who served for four years as the pitching coach in Boston, is making his debut in the manager’s seat with the Red Sox after two years managing in Toronto. Farrell said he woke up at 3 a.m. today and could not get back to sleep.