18 Johnny Damon LF
2 Derek Jeter SS
53 Bobby Abreu RF
13 Alex Rodriguez 3B
25 Jason Giambi 1B
24 Robinson Cano 2B
20 Jorge Posada C
55 Hideki Matsui DH
28 Melky Cabrera CF
40 Chien-Ming Wang RHP
11 David Eckstein SS
4 Shannon Stewart LF
15 Alex Rios RF
10 Vernon Wells CF
35 Frank Thomas DH
17 Lyle Overbay 1B
2 Aaron Hill 2B
19 Marco Scutaro 3B
9 Gregg Zaun C
32 Roy Halladay RHP
Yankees vs. Halladay: Damon 22-67, Jeter 16-62, Abreu 2-12, A-Rod 13-47, Giambi 17-54, Cano 5-13, Posada 12-37, Matsui 7-34, Cabrera 4-15.
Jays vs. Wang: Eckstein 0-2, Stewart 1-6, Rios 3-15, Wells 6-16, Thomas 1-11, Overbay 4-8, Hill 9-14, Scutaro 1-4, Zaun 2-12.
UPDATE, 5:27 p.m.: Just walked outside. The tarp is on the field but the rain has stopped. It’s actually pretty warm out, 58 degrees according to the Mac weather widget.
UPDATE, 5:49 p.m.: Here’s Joe Girardi’s pregame press conference:
The most interesting part, I thought, was that he plans to stick with Cano at the No. 6 spot and could move him up. He’s not hitting sixth because he has good numbers against Roy Halladay. The Yankees also seem to be off the idea of having a long reliever.
UPDATE, 6:41 p.m.: It’s actually a lovely night in the Bronx. 60 degrees. Jim Hall is introducing the Blue Jays now.
UPDATE, 6:51 p.m.: The Yankees being introduced now. Loud cheers for Shellley, the Franchise, Mo and Joba. Boos for Farnsworth. Extra loud cheers for the starters, especially for Jeter, A-Rod and Posada.
Girardi, I would say, got the most applause.
UPDATE, 7:02 p.m.: With Yogi Berra at his side, Reggie Jackson threw out the first pitch to Jose Molina. … Now they’re showing a video of the new Stadium being built.
UPDATE, 7:09 p.m.: Here we go, the first pitch of the Joe Girardi Era, Chien-Ming Wang to David Eckstein. It’s a strike called.
Thanks to everybody who reads this blog and I sincerely hope you enjoy the baseball season.
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Wang broke two bats in that inning, evidence that his sinker is like a bowling ball. He shattered the bat of Vernon Wells to produce an inning-ending double play. 14 pitches / 9 strikes.
UPDATE, 7:24 p.m: A-Rod picked up from his hot spring by driving an RBI double to the gap in right field. Good sign for him when he goes the other way like that. 999 runs to go for 1,000. It remains to be seen how this team will pitch but they’re going to mash at the plate.
UPDATE, 7:36 p.m.: CMW has been victimized by soft stuff. He has allowed four hits, two on broken-bat rollers up the third-base line. Marco Scutaro just drove in a run with a fielder’s choice grounder that was tapped to first base. The Yankees had no play but to get an out at second. It’s 1-1.
UPDATE, 8:04 p.m.: Melky just made two nice catches in a row. First he went to the wall in right center to take a double away from Overbay. Then he made a diving catch to rob Hill going toward left field. Wang waited by the dugout applauding him as Cabrera jogged in.
Still 1-1 as both starters look good.
UPDATE, 8:13 p.m.: The first four innings took an hour as both sinkerballers have it working. Wang was at 51 pitches, Halladay 41. The Yankees are not making the Toronto ace work very hard.
UPDATE, 8:24 p.m.: Wang allowed a run in the fifth as a leadoff walk to No. 8 hitter Marco Scutaro cost him. He’s at 73 pitches.
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Have a night, Melky Cabrera. He just snuck a home run inside the foul pole in right field, about 314 feet from the plate. Now it’s 2-2 in what has proven to be a heck of a game.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: CMW has pitched very well. He’s retired 9 of the last 10 batters he has faced and has 12 groundball outs out of 21. Two runs over seven innings in your first start of the season is what you want. Now it’s time for the offense to pick him up.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: No matter where you hit in this lineup, the opportunity finds you. Huge spots here for Matsui, bases loaded and one out. Score a run and it’s Joba, Mo and go home.
UPDATE, 9:06 p.m.: Well, that wasn’t pretty but it worked. Now warming up for the Yankees, No. 62 Joba Chamberlain. CMW did his part.