Forty-year old southpaw Andy Pettite turned in eight strong innings in his season debut and the Master of the Save, Mariano Rivera, shut down a 9th inning Red Sox rally Thursday night to deny Boston a three-game sweep in the season opening series for both teams, salvaging a 4-2 win for New York. Pettitte tossed eight solid frames, giving up just one run on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s run scoring double that chased home Will Middlebrooks in the 7th inning, while walking just one and striking out 3 to earn the victory. Riding a two-run rbi single by recent Red Sox castoff Lyle Overbay in the second inning and a solo shot off Red Sox starter Ryan Demptser in the third by Brett Gardner, the Yankees nursed a 3-1 lead for most of the game before adding an insurance run on a solo homer from catcher Franscisco Cervelli off reliever Clayton Mortensen in the bottom of the 8th. Boston mounted a rally, but Rivera, who announced he will retire at the conclusion of this season, struggled in the top of the ninth before closing the door on a Red Sox rally. After issuing a lead off walk to Dustin Pedroia to start the frame, Rivera enticed Mike Napoli into a fly ball for the first out of the inning. Johnny Gomes then doubled off Rivera, setting the stage with runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. Middlebrooks grounded into a force play which chased home Pedroia to make it 4-2, but the Old Master got the young rookie Bradley swniging on strike three to end the threat, earning his first save of the season and closing out the Yankee’s first win of 2013. In his first regular season start as a Red Sox, Dempster, who had never beaten the Yankees in four previous career starts against the Bronx Bombers, lasted 5 innings, tossing 101 pitches. He was charged with 5 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks and 8 strike outs leading up to a high pitch count. Junichi Tazawa tossed an inning of scoreless relief before Mortensen finished up for the Red Sox bullpen. Rookie Bradley Jr., collected his third rbi in as many games for the Red Sox. After notching 26 hits in taking the first two games from new York, Boston struggled against Pettitte. Boston’s first three batters in Farrell’s Thursday night line up–Elsbury/Victorino/Pedroia managed to go just 1 for 10. Boston moves on to Toronto for a three game set against the Blue Jays starting Friday night with John Lackey and Felix Doubront getting their first starts of the season. David Ortiz will begin a rehab assignment Monday that should have him on a timeline to return to the Boston lineup early in the third week of April barring further complications of his heel injury. On a night where the Bosox could have benefited from a call for more offense, their first loss of the young season coincided with the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone to be introduced to the American marketplace by Motorola. The size of a shoebox, it initially retailed in the neighborhood of $4,000.00. Hey, you just don’t get that kind of information on any other baseball blog. Following the three game weekend set against the pricey new roster of the Blue Jays, the Red Sox return to Fenway on Monday, April 8 for their 2013 home opener against the Orioles, complete with reduced concession stand prices.