FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With Brett Gardner the only regular in the Yankees’ starting lineup, New York beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 Sunday in a game likely to be very different from the teams’ opening-day matchup on April 1.
Boston’s Mike Napoli, in just his second spring training game after being diagnosed with avascular necrosis during the offseason, homered off Adam Warren leading off the second.
Red Sox starter Ryan Dempster threw 25 of 28 pitches for strikes, allowing his only hit in three scoreless innings when Gardner reached on a single to shortstop starting the game.
Warren gave up one run and three hits in three innings.
New York took a 3-1 lead in the sixth off new Boston closer Joel Hanrahan, who allowed Eduardo Nunez’s run-scoring single and Jayson Nix’s RBI grounder. Another run scored on a fielding error by third baseman Drew Sutton.
Winner Jose Ramirez allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.
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