April 5, 2013

Pettitte, Rivera frustrate Red Sox

After dropping their first two games to Boston, the Yankees finally get into the win column.

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New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, left, reacts after tagging out Boston Red Sox Shane Victorino, right, who was trying to score on a wild pitch in the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York on Thursday.

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FRIDAY’S GAME

WHO: Red Sox (Doubront) at Blue Jays (Josh Johnson)

WHEN: 7:07 p.m.

TELEVISION: NESN

Pettitte has practically made a career of righting the ship for the Yankees. The team said he is 18-3 with an ERA below 3.00 in 27 starts with New York trying to avoid a regular-season sweep, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau.

He was working on a five-hit shutout when Middlebrooks smacked a two-out single in the seventh and scored on a double by Bradley. David Ross made a bid for a tying homer with a long drive to left-center that was caught by Gardner just in front of the fence, near the 399-foot sign.

Cervelli greeted Clayton Mortensen with a leadoff homer in the seventh that made it 4-1.

Victorino tried to score from second base on Pettitte's wild pitch in the first inning. Cervelli was slow and a little nonchalant in retrieving the ball, then scrambled back to the plate in time to tag Victorino as both players dove headfirst.

Victorino appeared shaken up but remained in the game.

NOTES: Ross singled in his first Red Sox plate appearance. ... Boston opened the 1912 season with a three-game sweep at New York on the way to its second World Series championship. Back then, the Yankees were known as the Highlanders and played at Hilltop Park. ... Looking to split up his left-handed hitters, Yankees manager Joe Girardi moved Robinson Cano up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup for the first time since Sept. 13, 2010. Kevin Youkilis batted third and Ichiro Suzuki hit sixth for the first time in his career, according to STATS. ... New York sent RHP Ivan Nova to Detroit early so he could rest up for his 1:05 p.m. start Friday against RHP Doug Fister. ... The Yankees released RHP David Aardsma.

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