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April 4, 2013

Buchholz, Red Sox beat Yankees 7-4

NEW YORK -- Back in the warmth of the clubhouse, Clay Buchholz took pride in how he chilled the New York Yankees' bats.

For the first time since 1999, the Boston Red Sox are 2-0.

For the first time since 1935, they began the season with two wins at the Yankees.

"Definitely a big confidence booster," Buchholz said after Boston beat New York 7-4 on a cold Wednesday night.

Because of the weather, Buchholz threw in an indoor cage between innings to stay loose.Buchholz (1-0) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings, struck out four and walked two, and the Red Sox backed him with a quick 6-0 lead by scoring five runs with two outs. Joel Hanrahan pitched the ninth for his first save for Boston.

"If it's cold, that's fine," he said, "but when it's windy and cold, that's when it gets you, because the ball sort of gets that little ashy feeling to it and it feels like you're throwing with a cue ball."

The crowd of 40,216 was the smallest for a Red Sox-Yankees game in the Bronx since 27,631 were across the street at the old ballpark on May 27, 1999, according to STATS. And for the second straight game, the stadium was nearly empty in the late innings.

"It's what it's all about," Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino explained. "It's about getting out there and scoring early and getting them out of there."

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda became the latest Yankees player to get hurt, leaving in the second inning with a 2-0 deficit, four batters after Victorino's line drive bruised the middle finger of his pitching hand.

While the Red Sox under new manager John Farrell are off to their best start since going 5-0 in 1999, New York has been outscored 15-6 and outhit 26-15. The Yankees have failed to hold a lead at any point in their opening two games for the first time since 1998.

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