Chein-Ming Wang did much more than overshadow his past failures at Fenway Park.
The Yankees’ top starter shut down the Red Sox on just two hits -- a homer that nearly was caught and a bunt -- in the only park in which he had a losing record where he made more than one start.
Wang also improved against Boston's best hitters in New York's 4-1 win Friday night.
Manny Ramirez began the game 13-for-22 against Wang and David Ortiz was 15-for-30. But they were hitless in six at bats with three strikeouts and a double play.
"I felt especially good about this because I threw the ball well here in Boston and never pitched well here," Wang said through a translator.
Not bad for a pitcher who was 2-3 with a 6.17 ERA at Fenway Park before the game.
Wang (3-0) struck out three, walked none and needed just 93 pitches in the first Yankees-Red Sox game of the season. He allowed only J.D. Drew’s homer in the fifth inning and Coco Crisp’s two-out bunt single in the ninth.
"His sinker was outstanding," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He was at the top of his game."
Wang allowed only one other runner, on an error. In his previous start, the sinkerballer went six innings in the Yankees' 2-0 win over Tampa Bay.