Donaldson leads Yankees to first win over Red Sox in 11th match

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson made his Yankees debut with an RBI single in the 11th inning as New York defeated the Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Friday for their first walk-off win on day one, Because Yogi Berra had scored in 1957.

Trailing 3-0 before ace Gerrit Cole was singled out, the Yankees rallied against their longtime rival.

Xander Bogaerts led the Red Sox 5-4 in the 10th against RBI singles winner Michael King – Bogaerts’ third hit of the game. Pinch-hitter Gleber Torres tied it in the bottom half with a sacrifice from Ryan Brasier.

Donaldson, acquired from Minnesota last month, took an 11th-place lead against rookie Cutter Crawford. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who opened the innings as an automatic runner at second base, scored on his Yankees debut.

It was the Yankees’ sixth walk-off win overall on Opening Day. The last came when the defending World Series champions began the 1957 season with a 2–1 loss to the Washington Senators as Bera scored on a single by Andy Carey.

Before the Yankees and the Red Sox met, New York star Aaron Judge set his deadline for a long-term contract.

The judge, who said he would not negotiate during the season, went 2 for 5, which included a two-for-two double in Hansel Robles’ ninth. Giancarlo Stanton, who had placed fourth, was dismissed for the fourth time, sending the game into extra innings.

Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer as Boston took a 3-0 lead off Cole’s first ball, which lasted just four innings.

Anthony Rizzo had a two-run drive in the bottom and Stanton tied it for 3 with a leadoff homer in the fourth. Both were away from Nathan Iovaldi, who defeated Cole in last year’s AL wild-card game.

DJ Lemhieu hit home a binder from Red Sox reliever Garrett Whitlock in the eighth.

Seats were filled with a sell-off of 46,097, with COVID-19 protocols lifted and Inauguration Day celebrations back after two sessions that were changed by the pandemic.

Ukraine’s flag was hoisted and its national anthem played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the ceremony which included a moment of silence for the war victims.

Iovaldi allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, leaving him with a 4–3 lead after Alex Verdugo’s sixth-placed Clay Holmes went through the draw-infield.

Cole was booed in 14 pitches. He overtook Kike Hernandez on four pitches and at 98.6 mph allowed Devers a two-run homer that landed on the right in the second deck. Bogarts followed with a single and scored on JD Martinez’s double, causing pitching coach Matt Blake to travel up a mound.

Cole was waiting for his first Yankees opener in front of the whole crowd. He retired 11 of his last 14 batsmen.

Stanton has five opening-day homers, four with the Yankees. He got out in his four other at-bats.

Iovaldi did not give permission for his second home run until 4 June last year.

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Trevor Storey played his first big league game at second base after 733 at shortstop and scored 0 for 5 at the plate in his Red Sox debut. … Donaldson had scored 2 for 6 in his Yankees debut and Kenner-Falefa was 0 for 5, which included a strikeout in a 10-pitch at-bat, ending in 10th place. … New York City Mayor Eric Adams plays a catch with Yankees pitcher Luis Severino before the game.

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New York’s Aaron Hicks returned from wrist surgery and scored 1 for 4 with three strikes in his first game since April 27.


Boston wears black patches with a white number 2 on its right sleeve in memory of Jerry Remy, whose last name is red. The former player and broadcaster passed away on October 30 at the age of 68.


Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka transferred the new PitchCom signaling device from the wrist to the shingard.

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Yankees: Rizzo was hit on the right hand by a fastball from Iovaldi in the fifth inning. He remained in the game.


New York RHP Luis Severino and Boston RHP Nick Pivetta are scheduled to start on Saturday.


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