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April 2, 2013

Lester, Red Sox shut down Yankees on opening day

NEW YORK — Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox got off to a quick start after a dreadful 2012 season, giving new manager John Farrell an 8-2 win over the barely recognizable New York Yankees on opening day Monday.

Newcomer Shane Victorino led a revamped Red Sox lineup with three RBIs and rookie Jackie Bradley Jr. walked three times and scored twice in his big league debut. Boston’s big day against CC Sabathia (0-1) came a year after it lost its first three games under Bobby Valentine and went on to a 69-93 finish.

Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from opening day a year ago, Lester (1-0) gave up five hits and two runs in five sharp innings against the defending AL East champions.

Yankees stars Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also are on the disabled list.

Bradley, meanwhile, made an immediate impact after earning a spot with a strong spring training performance.

In his first plate appearance, the ever-smiling 22-year-old worked a one-out walk after falling behind 0-2. That helped Boston touch up for four runs in the second inning — and start the angry rumblings of 49,514 anxious Yankees fans.

Young No. 44 then stole a potential RBI hit from Robinson Cano with a running, twisting grab in a swirling wind in left field in the third. Bradley added an RBI groundout in the seventh.

The punchless Yankees had just one hit after the fifth inning against five relievers in losing a season opener at home for the first time since 1982, after 11 straight wins.

Adding to the tough day all around for New York, rain in the ninth inning sent fans running for cover while the Red Sox scored three times against a mustachioed Joba Chamberlain.

Jacoby Ellsbury had a sharp two-run infield single that first baseman Lyle Overbay, picked up off waivers only a week ago, couldn’t handle for his third hit. Victorino singled home Bradley to add to the romp.

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