The New York Yankees picked up their first win of the season tonight, a 6-4 victory over the Red Sox…

Initial Reaction:

An overall, solid win by the Yankees tonight. Robinson Cano hit a massive home run in the 8th inning. AJ Burnett got the start, but wasn’t great. He matched Red Sox starter, Jon Lester’s performance (five innings, four runs allowed).

Positive From The Game:

Nick Johnson: Patience. Johnson proved why the Yankees let Matsui go this off-season. Johnson earned a key 8th inning go-ahead RBI walk again Boston reliever, Hideki Okajima.

The Bullpen as a whole: Four innings of shutout ball. This is the group we remembered.

Alfredo Aceves: He picked up right where he left off. Two strong innings, no hits or walks.

Joba Chamberlain: Got two outs in the 8th inning. Both of them came via the strikeout. Joba touched 97 MPH.

Negatives From The Game:

There weren’t many. Derek Jeter had a sloppy error in the 6th inning that allowed the inning to continue.

As a team, the Yankees made three errors.

Interesting Facts:

The Yankees went 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position.

Nick Johnson did not record a hit, but was on-base three times.

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What’s Next?: Andy Pettitte takes the ball tomorrow as he faces Red Sox hurler John Lackey in the rubber game of the three-game set.

Game Time: 7:10 PM

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