NEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury hit an RBI single off old roommate Clay Buchholz in his first game against the Red Sox, Michael Pineda won while pitching with some noticeable substance on his hand, and the New York Yankees beat Boston 4-1 Thursday night.
Brian McCann ended an 0-for-14 slide with a run-scoring single that put the Yankees ahead during a two-run fourth in the first of 19 games between the rivals this season.
Making just his third big league start, Dean Anna homered as New York made it 4-0 in the fifth.
After spending nine years in the Red Sox organization and winning World Series titles in 2007 and last year, Ellsbury left for a $153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees. And his first game put him at the plate against Buchholz, his roommate at Lowell of the New York-Penn League in their first summer of professional ball.
Pineda (1-1), making his first Yankee Stadium start 27 months after he was acquired from Seattle, took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and appeared completely recovered from the shoulder surgery that sidelined him for two years. Throwing at up to 95 mph, he allowed four hits in his first Yankees’ win, struck out seven and walked two.
Pineda pitched for the first four innings with a dark substance on the lower palm of his pitching hand, but it was gone by the fifth.
Daniel Nava led off the seventh with a home run into the second deck in right, and Xander Bogaerts’ single chased Pineda.
Athletics 6, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Dan Straily pitched three-hit ball for seven innings and Sam Fuld hit a rare home run to help the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins.
Straily (1-1) gave up one run and struck out five. The Athletics have gone nine straight games to start the season without their starter allowing more than three runs.
Astros 6, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO — Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar homered off R.A. Dickey and the Houston Astros avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings for the Astros. Keuchel (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, walked two and struck out six.