Originally written on Sox and Dawgs  |  Last updated 11/15/14
After Andy Pettitte retired and came back last year, you knew he would have only done it if he thought he had a little something left in the tank. And while the Boston Red Sox didn't get a chance to see him last year, they did get to see him last night. And boy oh boy, did he look like the Pettitte of old in the Yankees 4-2 win over the Red Sox. He did allow eight hits over eight innings with Mariano Rivera picking up his first save since the knee injury. But everytime the Red Sox tried to get something going, Pettitte would roll a double play ball to escape any trouble. Ryan Dempster made his first Red Sox start and while the numbers show he took the loss, I personally don't think he pitched all that badly. He left a few pitches up in the zone, mainly the home run to Brett Gardner. He still pitched well enough to win. But with Pettitte dealing like he was, there wasn't much Dempster could do other than what he did. The Red Sox had a big chance to score some runs in the 1st inning. Shane Victorino and Mike Napoli singled around outs from Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia. And with Johnny Gomes at the plate, Pettitte uncorked a wild pitch to the back stop. Victorino noticed Pettitte wasn't covering the plate and tried to score from second. Unfortunately for him, Francisco Cervelli beat him back to the plate to end the inning. Had the Flying Hawaiian stayed at third, the Red Sox would have had a great chance to score with runners on second and third and Gomes at the plate. Instead from there, they watched Pettitte carve his way through the lineup. Considering the starts of years past, we have to be happy the Red Sox were able to go into New York and take two-of-three from the Yankees who are not a very good team right now. Sounds funny saying that but with all of their injuries they just aren't the Yankees we are used to. Also, it looks like the Red Sox are having fun playing baseball again. They don't seem to be as stressed. Hopefully that continues as they make their way across the border for a three-game set with the division favorites, the Toronto Blue Jays. We'll be back later with today's lineups, batter/pitcher matchups and links from the day. So for now, let's take a look at the overnight links from the media. To open the links up in a new tab or window, use Control+click Andy Pettitte, Yankees avoid Red Sox sweep [boston herald] Kevin Youkilis: Avoid false starts [boston herald] For one night, the aged Yankees reign [boston herald] Red Sox suffer power shortage at the Stadium [boston herald] John Farrell set for cool Toronto reception [boston herald] Yankees avoid sweep with 4-2 win over Red Sox [csn new england] Aggressive Victorino may have cost Red Sox win [csn new england] Should the Red Sox keep Jose Iglesias at shortstop? [csn new england] Dempster on loss: 'I got outpitched' [csn new england] Ross solid in first start for Sox [csn new england] Red Sox continue use of shift strategy [csn new england] With Britton, Sox send wrong message [espn boston] Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2 [espn boston] Drew hitless in first rehab game [espn boston] Takeaways from Bronx: Canada lies in wait [espn boston] Bradley Jr. learns a lesson: Rivera gets the corners [extra bases] Red Sox coverage in today's Globe [extra bases] Red Sox notes: John Farrell prepares for life as a ‘villain or bad guy’ [full count] Closing Time: Andy Pettitte, Yankees send Red Sox to first loss of season [full count] Welcome to the Show: Jackie Bradley Jr.’s introduction to Mariano Rivera [full count] The Takeaway: Yankees 4, Red Sox 2 [projo sox blog] Farrell elaborates on shifts [redsox.com] Entering second full year, Doubront eager for first start [redsox.com] Drew goes hitless in first rehab game [redsox.com] Ross excited to make first start behind plate [redsox.com] Farrell will be center of attention in return to Toronto [redsox.com] With series win, Sox off to fresh start [redsox.com] Are Red Sox facing a power outage? [alex speier - weei.com] For more slices of Red Sox goodness, head over to the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, CSN New England,  ESPN Boston, NESN, Providence Journal, RedSox.com and WEEI websites. And if you must check out the enemy news, head over to the ESPN New York, New York Daily News, New York Post, New York Times and The Journal News websites. Follow Ian on Twitter @soxanddawgs. And be sure to like us on Facebook as well.
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