Lousy weather today. About 40 degrees. There was a light rain earlier, but at 11:25, not now. Still a good day for lots of hot soup. Where I am, 100 miles from NYC, the weatherpeople are calling for 1-3 inches of snow tonight into tomorrow. The Poconos? 6 to 12 inches. I’m not kidding.
Here’s the lineup. No guarantees that they play today. Stay tuned.
Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Jorge Posada DH
Curtis Granderson CF
Russell Martin C
CC Sabathia P
Later in the season, time permitting, I’ll post BA/HR/RBI/OPS+ (ERA+ for the pitchers) and comments next to the players (see some of last year’s posts for an example). If someone is hot or slumping, I’ll post how they are trending. Obviously on opening day it’s too early, and probably will be too early until maybe May 1st.
Personally, I doubt they will play today, and think that they will not until Saturday. This could be a blessing in disguise. A.J., scheduled for Saturday, has a bad cold. Granderson’s ribcage could get 51 more hours to heal.
12:35 p.m. They will try to get it in. Gametime a half hour away. Weather downright miserable.
I don’t you about you, but I’d love to see Gardner beat out a drag bunt to start the season off right.
Interesting tweet from SI’s Jon Heyman:
Yankees, noticing montero hit 3 dingers right after reporting to minor-league camp, believe nerves cost him backup job.
CC opens the season with a K. Granderson makes a nice diving catch, and CC has a 1-2-3 first inning.
Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada will become the first trio of teammates in MLB, NHL, NFL or NBA history to play together in 17 straight seasons, according to Elias Sport Bureau.
The Yanks get two on, Teixiera & A-Rod walk, but with two on and two out, Cano whiffs. The Yanks did make Verlander throw 31 pitches in the first inning, however.
Two hits to lead off the second for the Tigers. On the second, a liner by Victor Martinez, it wasn’t too far from Jeter’s left. Alas, off him. Instead of a DP, a single. “Past a diving Jeter…” again. Little losses of range mean a lot. Instead of a DP, it’s a hit. CC walks the next batter. Bases loaded, no out. CC limits the damage. SF, Lineout and a K. The Tigers only get one.
Rick Sutcliffe means mute button.
In the third the first Yankee hit of the year is by Russell Martin. Gardner bunts him over and Jeter walks. Martin steals third (would you have guessed HIM for the Yanks first SB of the year)? Then Teixeira sends a teix message. 3-run bomb. Good tweet by Sweeney Murti. Entering today, Teix was 1 for 17 off Verlander, 7 K. You never know. 3-1 Yanks after 3.
I should note that Teix’s HR came on the very next pitch after Martin’s SB. It was #276 of Teixeira’s career, passing Roger Maris on the all-time list.
CC gives one back in the 4th. Gets a K with 2nd and 3rd to get out of it. Both he and Verlander have high pitch counts so far. The bullpens will get used today.
End of 4, 3-2 Yanks. Just two hits for the Yanks so far.
Detroit ties it in the 5th. Cano (just 3 errors last year) makes an error, the run is unearned. CC could be done after 5. He’s thrown 91 pitches. Not vintage CC, but this isn’t vintage baseball weather.
CC goes the sixth but that’ll do it. 106 pitches. 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 2 walks and 7 K. A good outing. Now for the Yanks to hit. They have the 3 runs, but on just 2 hits.
A-Rod doubles with one out in the sixth. Only the brutally cold wind keeps the ball in the ballpark. Cano walks, but the Yanks waste the opportunity as both Swisher and Posada strike out. 3-3 after 6. Joba coming in.
Just saying…cold day like this, don’t you think the umpires will call just about every close pitch or half-swing a strike? The last thing they probably want is an extra-inning game. Joba has a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Granderson welcomes Coke with a HR in the 7th. Maybe it’s a good omen. Granderson HR’s off a lefty. He’s always had trouble versus lefties, but has seemed to do better against them once Long worked with his stroke last August. The Yanks get a big insurance run on an error, a sac by Gardner, a WP and a SF by Jeter. Soriano in for the 8th. It’s set up just the way the Yanks drew it up this offseason when they got Soriano. Get six from the starter, then Joba 7 (Robertson can be used here also), Soriano 8th and Mo for the 9th. Soriano has a 1-2-3 inning. You-know-who will pitch the 9th.
Alex walks to lead off the 8th. It’d be interesting to see if he goes here. Let’s see how frisky he feels with that hip.
Not necessary. He moves up on a WP. Moves to third on a groundout. Swish gets an RBI on a bloop single. 6-3 Yanks, end of 8.
Mo with a 1-2-3, aided by Granderson’s second superb catch of the game. Mo ends it fittingly with a K. Save #560.
Joba the win. 6-3 Yankees win.