BOSTON (AP) - Shane Victorino made his season debut for the Boston Red Sox on Thursday, going 1-for-5 and scoring a run during a 14-5 loss to the New York Yankees.
Victorino, who had been sidelined by a strained right hamstring, doubled and scored in the third inning.
"I'm going to come back and do what I do, whether it be to put down a bunt, make a play on defense, steal a base, score a run, whatever aspect it might be," the St. Anthony School graduate was quoted as saying before the game on the team's website. "Hopefully that generates energy and generates runs. I just want to play. It's long awaited. I'm just excited to be back out here with the guys. I've been watching from afar. I've been cheering with my pom poms, but it's time for me to put those down and get back out there and play the game I love. I'm going to give it my all, so I'm excited."
The Yankees’ CC Sabathia pitches to David Ortiz of the Red Sox during the first inning of New York’s 14-5 win over Boston on Thursday.
Victorino, a two-time All-Star, also struck out twice.
"We missed not only the on-field stuff, but the energy that he brings," Boston manager John Farrell was quoted as saying. That's felt in the dugout, it's felt in the clubhouse. He came in and it was almost like Christmas morning, knowing he was going to be active in the lineup."
The Red Sox committed five errors Thursday and allowed a passed ball. Bos-ton pitchers issued 12 walks - five of them by knuckleball-throwing utilityman Mike Carp in the ninth inning - and threw three wild pitches and a passed ball.
New York's CC Sabathia (3-2) struck out eight batters while allowing two runs on three hits in six innings.
Felix Doubront (1-3) took the loss.