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MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - INSIDE PITCH

BOSTON -- It wasn't a long trip for Stephen Drew to join the Yankees on Monday.

Acquired from the rival Red Sox in the waning minutes before the trade deadline Thursday, Drew just moved his things into the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park, where the Yankees opened a three-game series Friday night with a 4-3 loss.

"It's pretty strange to walk across the clubhouse and change uniforms, but I am looking forward to it," said Drew, who won a World Series with Boston last year. "I really am. New York's giving me an opportunity here. We're still in the chase. It's something I've been used to and I am looking forward to the challenge."

"I'm thankful for the Red Sox and what they did for me. Now it's time to move on.

Time to change positions, too. A shortstop throughout his career, Drew will play second base for the Yankees alongside Derek Jeter, who will retire after the season. The Yankees designated veteran second baseman Brian Roberts for assignment Friday.

"I'm just excited to get to play with a guy (Jeter) who is in his last year, and try to learn as much as I can from him and take it all in," Drew said. "This is something new for me. It's definitely going to be a challenge, but also I am looking forward to the challenge. I take pride in that.

"It's baseball. I haven't done it in eight years of the big leagues, going over to second, so that will be an adjustment. But I think the Yankees, with this move, they are confident in me just with the athletic ability that I have to move to second."


MLB Team Report - New York Yankees - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 55-53

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Yankees (RHP Shane Greene, 2-1, 3.28 ERA) at Red Sox (RHP Allen Webster, 1-0, 3.38 ERA)


--LHP Chris Capuano turned in a solid performance against his former club Friday night. Capuano gave up four runs and eight hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings against the Red Sox, striking out five without walking a batter. Capuano went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Boston before being designated for assignment on June 25. But he fell behind 2-0 in the third inning Friday and the Yankees never recovered. "I just kind of put us behind the eight-ball early, giving up those runs early," he said, "but we were right there and had a chance to win."

--SS Derek Jeter is going to miss playing at Fenway Park. Jeter brought the Yankees within 4-3 with a solo homer leading off the eighth inning Friday night, but New York fell 4-3 to the Boston Red Sox. It was Jeter's third homer this season and the 14th of his storied career at Fenway, his second-highest total at any visiting ballpark, behind only Baltimore's Camden Yards (15). It also was his 26th career homer against Boston, his most against any opponent.

--2B Stephen Drew's return to Fenway Park -- although just one day after leaving -- didn't quite go as he had hoped. Traded from Boston to New York on Thursday, Drew returned as a Yankee on Friday night and went 0-for-4 with two groundouts and two pop outs. Drew was part of Boston's world championship squad last year, but became a free agent after turning down a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox following the season. He remained unsigned until Boston re-signed him to a one-year, $10 million deal on May 20. In 39 games for Boston this year, Drew batted just .176 with four homers and 11 RBIs. He also played second base on Friday night after spending the majority of his career at shortstop.

--DH Carlos Beltran went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. His 13th homer of the year, a solo shot leading off the fourth inning, brought the Yankees within 2-1, and also extended his season-long hitting streak to eight games, over which he has three homers and eight RBIs. He also has tallied multiple hits in five of his past six games, a bright spot for the slumping Yankees, who have lost five of six.