Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - The Boston Red Sox have turned the page from a disastrous 2012 season, at least for a day, and did so against their hated rivals from New York.
Shane Victorino drove in three runs and Jon Lester pitched five solid innings, as the Red Sox opened the John Farrell-era with an 8-2 win over the injury- plagued Yankees.
Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach who had skippered the Toronto Blue Jays for the past three seasons, was hired to replace Bobby Valentine after a 93-loss campaign, Boston's worst since 1965.
The Red Sox got contributions in their 2013 opener from newcomers such as Victorino, who was 2-for-6, and rookie Jackie Bradley, who walked three times, scored twice and drove in a run. Jacoby Ellsbury was 3-for-6 with a pair of runs batted in, while Dustin Pedroia added a pair of hits with an RBI in the win.
Lester (1-0) surrendered a pair of runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory in his third straight Opening Day start.
The reigning American League East champion Yankees began their season with a depleted lineup, as regulars Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez are all on the disabled list.
Francisco Cervelli drove in the only two runs for New York, while former Boston star Kevin Youkilis had a double and a run scored against his former team.
CC Sabathia (0-1), making his fifth straight Opening Day start for the Yankees, was tagged for four runs -- all in the second inning -- on eight hits over five frames. He walked four and struck out five in defeat.
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