BOSTON - It was an afternoon and evening of firsts Saturday for new Yankees Stephen Drew and Martin Prado at Fenway Park.
First hit and first run as a Yankee (both). First extra-base hit and RBI (Drew). First career start in rightfield (Prado).
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"Overall I'm pleased, and I'm just glad we got a win today," Drew said after going 1-for-3 with an RBI double and two walks in the Yankees' 6-4 win over the Red Sox. "Just being here two days, for me it seems like it's clicking."
Drew was acquired from Boston for Kelly Johnson a few hours before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Prado, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, came over from Arizona just before the deadline in exchange for minor-league slugger Pete O'Brien.
Both played in Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Red Sox and went hitless while playing new defensive positions. Drew went 0-for-4 and had trouble turning a double play in his first appearance at second base since high school. Prado went 0-for-2 after entering the game as a pinch hitter and making his second career appearance in rightfield.
Saturday, with a day to exhale, both said they felt more comfortable.
"These guys know what I can do here," Drew said. "I played against them. The key for me is just be myself and just go over to second and help this team win."
Said Prado, "It's been a little strange . . . but I'm getting help a lot from Jacoby [Ellsbury] ad the coaches and stuff making everything easier for me. So far, so good."
The key for Prado in Fenway's difficult rightfield was that he had only one fly ball hit his way (he caught it). Likewise, Drew had a relatively easy day with two grounders, both of which he handled.
It was at the plate that both contributed to the Yankees' struggling attack.
With the Yankees trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Prado led off with a walk. It was the first of five in the inning by Boston starter Allen Webster and helped the Yankees score four times to take the lead.
In the fifth, Drew walked and Prado singled off the Green Monster scoreboard for his first Yankees hit.
Drew's next two times up were stellar. In the seventh, he lined an RBI double to right-center just out of the reach of Daniel Nava for his first Yankees hit, making it 6-3. In the ninth, he hit a drive to rightfield that Nava ran down on the warning track.
"I hit both of them good," Drew said. "Playing in Boston, it's kind of funny -- you hit balls like that and one gets caught and almost the other one gets caught. It's kind of a park where rightfield's not hitter-friendly."
The lefthanded-hitting Drew knows he'll be playing his first home game as a Yankee Monday in a park where rightfield is very hitter-friendly.
"That would be a three-run shot right there," he said of the ball in the ninth. "That would be a good feeling."