Ellsbury triples in first game, Yankees top Red Sox 6-4

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury tripled in his spring training debut, Alex Rodriguez had two hits and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 6-4 on Saturday.

Ellsbury tripled to right-center on his final at-bat after being retired earlier on an infield liner and grounder. The center fielder didn’t make his first appearance until the Yankees’ fourth game to allow a few extra days of onfield drills.

Rodriguez had a pair of singles and walked. In two games, he is 3 for 4, including a homer Thursday against Philadelphia on the second pitch he saw, with two walks.

Top Yankees’ prospects Jorge Mateo and Aaron Judge both homered.

Brennan Boesch and Ryan Lamarre hit home runs for the Red Sox, who didn’t bring David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval on the two-hour trip from Boston’s spring training facility in Fort Myers.