NEW YORK (AP) - Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run 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 in the first of 19 games between the rivals this season.
Brian McCann ended an 0-for-14 slide with an RBI single that put the Yankees ahead in a two-run fourth. Making just his third big league start, Dean Anna homered as New York took a 4-0 lead in the fifth.
Pineda (1-1) took a two-hit shutout into the seventh. Throwing at up to 95 mph, he allowed four hits in his first Yankees' win, struck out seven and walked two.
He 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.