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Pettitte, Rivera pitch Yankees past Red Sox

NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte pitched the Yankees to their first win of the season and Mariano Rivera made a successful return to the mound in New York's 4-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday.

Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli homered for the Yankees, providing some unexpected power to a depleted lineup missing the “sore four” — Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. All those Major League All-Stars are on the disabled list, and without them New York dropped its first two games at home to the rival Red Sox.

Lyle Overbay had a two-run single off Ryan Dempster (0-1), who struck out eight in his Boston debut but needed 101 pitches to get through five innings.

Pettitte (1-0) tossed eight sharp innings on a chilly night and Rivera entered to a standing ovation. Major League baseball's career saves leader, set to retire after this season, missed most of last year after tearing a knee ligament May 3 during batting practice in Kansas City.

Orioles 6, Rays 3 In Florida, Chris Davis homered for the third straight day and drove in four runs Thursday to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Tampa Bay Rays.

Davis went 7 of 11 with three homers, three doubles and a Major League-leading 11 RBIs in helping the Orioles win two of three games in the season-opening series. He drove in four for the second day in a row, hitting a two-run homer in the second inning and a two-run double that broke a 2-2 tie against Roberto Hernandez (0-1) in the sixth.

Adam Jones had three more hits, giving him seven in a series that saw the three-four-five spots in Baltimore's lineup go 17 for 37 with four homers, six doubles, 13 runs scored and 15 RBIs.

Miguel Gonzalez (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Twins 8, Tigers 2 In Minneapolis, Mike Pelfrey pitched into the sixth inning in his Minnesota debut and Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe hit home runs as the Twins took the season-opening series from the Detroit Tigers.

Pelfrey (1-0) wasn't charged with any earned runs, taking the mound less than a year after Tommy John surgery. He was given a 3-2 lead when Willingham and Plouffe went deep against Tigers starter Rick Porcello (0-1).

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New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte delivers against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, April 4. (AP)

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