Youkilis returned to the lineup on Friday night and went 1-for-4 with a fifth-inning RBI single in his first game action since April 27.
• The Yankees (31-23) are officially a third of the way through the season and on pace to go 93-69.
They snapped a five-game losing streak with their 4-1 victory over Boston.
“I think it was an important game after the little stretch that we’ve been in,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve struggled a little bit. And as I’ve said all teams are gonna go through it. I mean that’s the bottom line, but I thought it was an important win.”
• CC Sabathia came into Friday night’s game 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA in his previous five starts.