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Dempster on his new team, preparing for 2013 season

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is well-versed in the New York/Boston rivalry. For Red Sox righty Ryan Dempster, however, Thursday's series finale at Yankee Stadium represents his first foray into the madness -- even though he already feels like a Red Sox.

"I know I've only been here for seven weeks, but I feel like I've been with these guys for a long time," said Dempster, who signed a two-year deal in the offseason. "Everybody in here gets along really well. We've all bonded really well. It's just another start. Just go out there and do what I can and help us win a game."

Although the 15-year veteran has spent all but 12 games of his career in the National League, facing the Yankees is nothing new. It's just that, well, it hasn't exactly gone well for Dempster -- no matter the name on the front of his uniform.

Dempster has struggled mightily against New York. He's 0-4 in five career starts against the Yankees, who are just one of five teams he has never beaten. Those five starts haven't been pretty either; Dempster has a 7.62 ERA and .354 average against versus the Bronx Bombers.

"They have a great team over there. They always do," Dempster said. "You just have to be on your game and be focused to execute pitches, and do that as much as possible. Hopefully if you do that, you get the results you want."

Of course, as numerous pundits have opined, this isn't your father's Yankees, or even last year's. That's been true two games into the season, as New York has opened the season 0-2 at home for the first time since 1979.

Pettitte looks to stop that short skid when he begins yet another season in pinstripes. Thursday will mark the 15th different season (1995-2003, '07-10, '12-13) the left-hander has made at least one start for the Yankees, tying Red Ruffing for second most in franchise history behind Whitey Ford (16).

Red Sox: It's been awhile
The Sox opened the season by winning consecutive games against the Yankees for the first time since 1973, when they won the season's first four games against New York, with the first three coming at Fenway Park.

This is also the first time Boston has begun the season with two straight road wins in New York since 1935. The Sox haven't opened with three straight road wins against the Yankees since 1912.

• The Red Sox are 2-0 for first time since 1999.

• Closer Joel Hanrahan is three saves away from notching the 100th of his career.

Yankees: Injury updates
Derek Jeter (ankle) played long toss Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., but he is not expected to be activated off the disabled list when he is eligible Saturday.

Mark Teixeira (right wrist) is hoping to return by May 1.

• Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda was forced to leave Wednesday's start with a bruised right middle finger. He was scheduled to undergo more tests, including X-rays, on Wednesday night.

Worth noting
• The other four teams Dempster hasn't defeated are the Angels, Tigers, Rangers and Blue Jays.

• A handful of Boston's offseason acquisitions have had success against Pettitte, including Jonny Gomes (.364, 8-for-22), David Ross (.333, 4-for-12) and Mike Napoli (.500, 6-for-12).

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