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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Game Notes: Hafner, Wells, Nunez & history

By Andrew Marchand

The Yankees are as chilly as the weather, so let's get to the postgame notes.

BRIGHT SIDE: Here are some positives: Travis Hafner and Vernon Wells went deep for the Yankees' first two homers of the season. Wells retrieved his first Yankee home run from the fan who caught it in exchange for some autographs and pictures. Wells went 3-for-4.

Eduardo Nunez, Shane Victorino
Eduardo Nunez committed his first error of the season on Wednesday.
In relief, Adam Warren threw a career-high 5 1/3 innings and gave up just a run. He allowed five hits and some hard shots, but the outing had to help his confidence.

Eduardo Nunez got on base three times. Kevin Youkilis had two hits. Chris Stewart hit a long drive that he thought would have been a homer on a warmer day. Stewart also made a nice catch, nearly falling over the railing into the Red Sox dugout.

THE UGLY: This is the second time in franchise history the Yankees have started 0-2 with both games at home and both losses by at least three runs. The other was in 1917.

This is the first time the Yankees have started 0-2 or worse in consecutive seasons since 1982-83. If they lose on Thursday, they will start 0-3 -- with all three losses coming at home -- for the first time ever.

NUNEZ'S FIRST E: Nunez had played a solid shortstop for the first 17 innings of the season. But in the ninth on Wednesday, he made his first error of the season on a hard one-hopper right at him.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Wells put it succinctly: "We haven't played good enough baseball to win," he said.

Overall, from Joe Girardi to Chris Stewart, the theme of the day was that the Yankees started slow in 2012 and it ended up fine. We'll see.