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TOR@NYY: Capuano records first strikeout as a Yankee

Stephen Drew will still be at Fenway Park when the Red Sox open their series against the rival Yankees on Friday, but in the opposite dugout.

In a rare swap between the two clubs, Boston sent the shortstop to New York for Kelly Johnson before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The last time the Sox and Yankees consummated a trade was Aug. 13, 1997, when Mike Stanley returned to New York in exchange for Tony Armas.

And Drew won't the only player in the Yankees' dugout to have come over from the Red Sox this season. Friday's starter, Chris Capuano, began the year with Boston as well.

The 35-year-old was designated for assignment by Boston on June 25 after going 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances. The Yankees then obtained the left-hander from Colorado on July 24 to join their starting rotation.

"It was a tough last month [with Boston], but really it was a tough last week. I grew up in New England, I grew up in Springfield, Mass., where it's pretty much a 50-50 Yankees-Red Sox split," Capuano said. "To have the opportunity to play for both teams in one year I think is unique and pretty special, and more than anything, I'm just excited to be back in the big leagues and starting."

In his first start for New York, on Saturday against the Blue Jays, Capuano allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of work for the no-decision.

"There's so much meaning with being a Yankee," Capuano said. "The storied franchise that it is, it's just a privilege to be a part of it and put the pinstripes on."

John Lackey was slated to get the start for Boston, but he was dealt to the Cardinals for right-hander Joe Kelly and outfielder Allen Craig on Thursday. Anthony Ranaudo, the organization's No. 6 prospect, will start in his place.

Ranaudo, who will be making his Major League debut, was 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket this season.

With Thursday's deals, the Red Sox have now traded away three pitchers who started for them in the World Series last year -- Jon Lester (who was traded to Oakland), Lackey (St. Louis) and Jake Peavy (San Francisco).

Red Sox: Boston makes moves at the Deadline
The Red Sox were one of the busiest teams in baseball on Thursday, making a slew of moves before the 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline hit.

First, Boston sent Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes to the A's for Yoenis Cespedes -- the first time in at least 15 years that two players were swapped at the Deadline in a season in which both were All-Stars.

Then, the Sox traded starter Lackey to the Cardinals for Craig and Kelly. Boston also moved reliever Andrew Miller to the Orioles for pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and sent Drew to New York for Johnson.

The Red Sox had already traded Felix Doubront to the Cubs on Wednesday and Peavy to the Giants on Saturday.

Yankees: McCann expected back in lineup Friday
While catcher Brian McCann sat out Wednesday's series finale against the Rangers, he said it was a scheduled day off.

Manager Joe Girardi reiterated McCann's comments, saying he wanted to give McCann two days off with Thursday's off-day.

"I'm sure it will probably help all of our guys at this point in the season," Girardi said. "As I've said, we have some age on our team, and you feel that you have to manage it."

Worth noting
• Jackie Bradley Jr. has 12 outfield assists this season, which is tied for the MLB lead with Cespedes.

• The Yankees have hit multiple home runs in each of their past six games. Comments