"I'm starting to get my swing going" said Sandoval. "Keep working -- that's the best thing that I know how to do. It's exciting, first game against the Yankees."
Bird, one of several young players the Bombers are counting on this season, smashed a two-run shot to right in the first and added a solo blast to left-center in the sixth.
"Very good-looking swing," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "A changeup up from [Kyle] Kendrick that he hits out of the ballpark, and he stays on a fastball from a lefty the other way. He burst on to the scene a couple of years ago and the injury kept him out most of last year, but he's a good-looking hitter."
The Yankees had No. 14 prospect Chance Adams and No. 6 prospect Justus Sheffield on display out of the bullpen. Adams fired two scoreless innings. Sheffield worked around the homer by Travis and struck out two in 1 2/3 innings.
The rivals meet one more time in Spring Training on March 21 at Tampa.
Yankees: New York is under the lights for the first time this spring on Wednesday, hosting the Braves in a 6:35 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell is set to make his second Grapefruit League start, with left-hander Jaime Garcia going for Atlanta. Catch all the action on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio.