He didn't lead his team to a win in his debut like Jon Lester, but Yoenis Cespedes also played his first game for his new team Saturday. And the Cuban slugger singled in his first at-bat with his new club in front of the home fans.
After receiving a standing ovation in his first at-bat as a Red Sox player, Yoenis Cespedes worked a full count before lining a single in front of Brett Gardner in left field. The hit generated Boston's biggest rally of the afternoon, a three-run inning in an eventual 6-4 loss to the New York Yankees.
Cespedes hit cleanup, behind David Ortiz and in front of Mike Napoli. And Napoli seemed to adjust just fine to his new spot in the lineup, crushing a home run on a 2-0 pitch off of Shane Greene. The blast cleared the Green Monster in left and nearly the entire parking lot behind it. The two-run homer landed just in front of a rather lucky, but likely unassuming car parked all the way in the last row of the lot. Christian Vazquez added an RBI single later to score Daniel Nava, who doubled.
That would be it for Boston until the eighth inning, though. Four New York relievers shut the Sox down after the three-run inning. And only a David Ortiz sac fly plated another Boston run, which wasn't enough for Allen Webster and the rest of the home team's pitching.
Webster made his first start against the hated arch rival and started well before losing it in the third inning. The Bronx Bombers plated four in the inning without the help of a long ball. Derek Jeter's two-run double got the first two runs home before Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran also added RBI's of their own. The four runs gave New York the lead and the Yankees didn't give it away.
Mark Teixeira added his 19th home run of the season in the fifth and ex-Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew doubled in a run in the seventh. Drew, now playing second base for the Yankees, made his Yankee debut last night in a game also against Boston.
Dellin Betances came on in the seventh and got five outs in order to record his 16th hold of the season. He handed the lead over to David Robertson, who gave up just one hit to clinch the win. These two teams play the rubber match tomorrow at 8 PM on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.