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Fenway Park celebrated its 100th birthday as Boston Red Sox legends gathered before the game for a spectacular showing, but the New York Yankees crashed the party. Led by five solo home runs off of Sox starter Clay Buchholz, the Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname and took the first game of the year in the historic rivalry, handing Boston a 6-2 loss.
Alex Rodriguez got New York started in the first inning with an RBI single, driving in Derek Jeter. The rest of the offense for the Yankees came via the long ball. Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez both went deep the second to give them a 3-0 lead.
David Ortiz homered in the bottom half of the inning against Ivan Nova to keep his hot hitting going. Big Papi is batting an incredible .392 on the year with 11 runs batted in. Nova, though, pitched well over six innings, striking out five batters while allowing just two runs.
Buchholz, on the other hand, was shaky over his six innings of work, surrendering the five solo shots and all six runs to the Yankees. They hit home runs in three consecutive innings, starting with Chavez’s second of the game in the 4th, a bomb from Rodriguez over the monster in the 5th, and another from Russell Martin in the sixth.
Buchholz drops to 1-1 on the young season with a 9.00 ERA, while Nova improves to 3-0.
The teams wore old jerseys and caps, the Sox from their 1912 uniforms and the Yankees donning old New York Highlanders attire.