Jackie Bradley Jr. scored twice, walked three times and recorded his first major league RBI in the season opener against the Yankees (Anthony Gruppuso, USA Today Sports)
NEW YORK (AP) - 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. Bradley, Jr. is the former Gamecock outfielder who is less than three weeks shy of his 23rd birthday, making him the youngest left fielder to open the season for Boston since 21-year-old Carl Yastrzemski in 1961.
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.