Yankees beat Boston without Jeter

Eduardo Nunez might find himself in the middle of things come

opening day.

Nunez got a hit, drove in a run and made an error while filling

in at shortstop for Derek Jeter as the New York Yankees beat the

Boston Red Sox 4-0 Wednesday.

Before the game, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he

didn’t know whether Jeter will be available to play in the opener

on April 1. The 38-year-old captain got an anti-inflammatory shot

in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second

straight exhibition game.

Nunez said he feels no added pressure, saying there will be

”nobody like Derek Jeter.”

”I’ll do my best,” Nunez said.

Nunez was charged with his third error this spring for

misplaying an in-between hop on Drew Sutton’s one-out grounder in

the fifth. He then started a 6-4-3 double play when next batter,

Jose Iglesias, hit a groundball.

”I think he’s made a lot of progress,” Yankees manager Joe

Girardi said. ”He’s played a pretty decent shortstop. I know he

had a tough play today. I think his throwing has been more

consistent, which I think has given him confidence.”

Nunez has a career fielding percentage of .926 at short,

committing 18 errors in 77 games.

Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis went 0 for 4 playing

against his longtime former team. One Boston fan yelled ”traitor”

when Youkilis came up to bat in the first.

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront allowed four runs and seven hits

over 4 1-3 innings. All four runs came during the second.

”It was just one inning,” Doubront said. ”I’m still happy. I

threw so many quality pitches, and I feel good about it.”

Boston prospect Jackie Bradley Jr. continued his strong first

big league spring training, getting two hits in four at-bats. The

center fielder is hitting .444 (20 for 45) overall.

”You can see the polish to his game,” Boston manager John

Farrell said. ”A guy who’s got just one full year in the minor

leagues. His decision making on the field and his approach at the

plate is very consistent. His reads and routes in center field are

on the spot.”

Four Boston relievers, including Joel Hanrahan and Andrew

Bailey, held the Yankees hitless over the final 3 2-3 innings.

Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched in a minor league game and gave

up one run in six innings. He’s set to start the opener against the

Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

Sabathia felt it made more sense to pitch in the minors than

face Boston this late in spring training.

”I would much rather not have them see my stuff right now,”

Sabathia said.

New York minor leaguer Vidal Nuno allowed two hits over five

innings against Boston on the main field.

NOTES: The Yankees worked out free agent RHP Chien-Ming Wang at

their minor league complex. Cashman said the team is thinking about

offering the two-time 19-game winner for the Yankees, who has

battled injuries the past few years, a minor league contract.

…Farrell said Red Sox SS Stephen Drew was being examined at the

University of Pittsburgh by concussion specialist Dr. Michael

Collins. Drew has not played since being hit in the helmet by a

pitch on March 7. … Boston LHP Craig Breslow (shoulder) will

start throwing at 120 feet on Friday. … The Red Sox could know

within a few days when LHP Franklin Morales (bulging disk) will

throw off a mound.