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Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Yankees 3

BOSTON -- Meet the new Yankees. Same as the old Yankees.

Playing their first game with their new second baseman (Stephen Drew) and new right fielder (Martin Prado, who entered as a sub), the New York Yankees' offense looked pretty much the same as it had before they arrived, going down relatively quietly to the last-place Boston Red Sox, on the heels of losing 2 of 3 to the last-place Texas Rangers.

That's five losses in six games, virtually neutralizing the seven of eight the Yankees had won just before. And once again, a must-win game became another damaging loss.

Third-inning laser show: The Red Sox got four hits off Chris Capuano in the inning, including a triple and two doubles, to take a 2-0 lead. It could have been worse had Dustin Pedroia's double not skipped over the center-field fence, 420 feet from home plate -- that likely would have been a triple otherwise. And if not for two outstanding plays at third base by Chase Headley, the Red Sox could have had two more doubles in the inning as well.

Cap limit: After allowing another run on two hits in the fourth inning, Capuano settled down to retire nine straight before Mookie Betts singled to lead off the seventh. Capuano was charged with another run when Shawn Kelley allowed a Pedroia single that scored Betts, but Capuano's final line was better than you would have expected after the third inning: 6 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K.

Carlos Belts one: Carlos Beltran hit Anthony Ranaudo's second pitch of the fourth inning into the Yankees bullpen in right field, his 13th home run of the season. And it nearly cost the Red Sox a right-fielder when, in his effort to catch the ball, Brock Holt nearly flipped over the low wall, where he would have landed at the feet of the Yankees relief staff.

Good eye: Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged an out call on Jacoby Ellsbury's stolen base attempt in the sixth inning, Girardi's 20th challenge of the season and 15th successful one. More importantly, the reversal led to the Yankees' second run, when Beltran singled Ellsbury home to cut Boston's lead to 3-2.

Fallen idol: Ranaudo grew up in New Jersey idolizing Derek Jeter, and he said he's always wanted to pitch to Jeter. Well, he got the chance -- three times, in fact -- in his major league debut, and won the battle all three times. Added bonus: In the third inning, Jeter became Ranaudo's first big league strikeout victim.

Good riddance: As much as Ranaudo loved seeing Jeter, that's how much Jeter loved seeing Junichi Tazawa. Jeter belted Tazawa's first pitch of the eighth inning over the Green Monster to cut Boston's lead to 4-3. It was Jeter's first homer since June 24 against the Blue Jays in Toronto, a span of 121 at-bats.

On second thought: Maybe the Stephen Drew-to-second base experiment will work out after all? Drew made a nifty pivot and jump throw over a hard-sliding Mike Napoli to turn a big, eighth-inning double play.

Opening acts: In their first game as Yankees, Drew went 0-for-4 and Martin Prado -- who hit for Ichiro Suzuki in the seventh inning -- went 0-for-2.

What's next: Game 2 of this three-game series, with Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28) facing fellow righty Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38); first pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. on Saturday.