2. Derek Sanderson Jeter SS
18. Johnny David Damon LF
25. Mark Charles Teixeira 1B
55. Hideki Matsui DH
20. Jorge Rafael de Posada Jr. C
24. Robinson Jose Cano 2B
22. Xavier Clifford Nady III RF
12. Bryan Cody Ransom 3B
11. Brett Michael Gardner CF
Pitching: 52. Carsten Charles Sabathia LHP
1. Brian Roberts 2B
10. Adam Jones CF
21. Nick Markakis RF
6. Melvin Mora 3B
17. Aubrey Huff 1B
23. Ty Wigginton DH
30. Luke Scott LF
9. Gregg Zaun C
3. Cesar Izturis SS
Pitching: 46. Jeremy Guthrie RHP
FOR OPENERS: The Yankees are 62-43-1 on Opening Day; 28-29 on the road.
SPRING SUCCESS: The Yankees were 24-10-1 in spring training. The finished with nine straight wins and win in 18 of their last 20 games.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The Yankees are 56-30 at Camden Yards over the last 10 seasons, 16-6 the last three.
BALTIMORE CHOP: The Yankees have won seven straight against Baltimore.
CC YOU ON THE FIRST DAY: This is the sixth Opening Day assignment for CC Sabathia. He is 1-0, 4.23 in the first five.
ANOTHER YEAR, ANOTHER ACE: Sabathia is the sixth Opening Day starter in the last seven years for the Yankees. The list:
2007: Pavano (yes, really)
HOT SIX MONTHS AGO: Cano is riding an 11-game hit streak. Gardner has a 10-game streak going.
Back with much more later.
UPDATE, 1:55 p.m.: It has stopped raining here.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: I recorded a video post before the game
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Now the sun is coming out and they’re taking the tarp off the field. Good deal.
UPDATE, 2:32 p.m.: Girardi just said A-Rod will report to Tampa on Monday to start baseball activities.
UPDATE, 2:46 p.m.: Now it’s sunny with blue skies. Play ball.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Hmm, now they’re putting the tarp back down. That can’t be good. i give up trying to predict what will happen. But I will keep you posted.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Now I know why they put the tarp down. It’s raining.
UPDATE, 3:48 p.m.: Tarp up, ceremony about to start. Looks like we will have some baseball.
UPDATE, 3:51 p.m.: CC just made a slow walk out to the bullpen. I was watching him before the game. Some starters like to keep to themselves on game day but he was walking around the clubhouse, talking to different people and seemed pretty loose.
UPDATE, 3:58 p.m.: Introducing the lineups now. Teixeira got booed like he was John Wilkes Booth. People cheered Mo. Everybody loves Mo.
It’s funny being at Camden Yards when there are so many Orioles fans. Usually when the Yankees are here it’s full of Yankee fans.
UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: The Orioles will walk down a balloon decorated orange runway from center field. Pretty funny. It looks like a bad high school prom.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: We are underway. Enjoy the 2009 season everybody.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Jeter singled up the middle on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Tex really got booed then popped up a 2-0 pitch.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: No wonder the Baltimore fans are so bitter. They just showed a highlight video of their offseason pickups. Felix Pie! Mark Hendrickson! Gregg Zaun! Koji Uehara! Cesar Izturis!
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: CC Sabathia missed outside and then allowed a sharp single up the middle. $161 million doesn’t buy what it used to.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Um … he walked Jones on four pitches.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Another wild pitch. CC and Jorge seem to have trouble getting on the same page. Posada has made two trips to the mound. Runners on second and third and one put.
Now Mora grounds to third and Ransom throws Roberts out at the plate.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: CC squirms out of trouble.
UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Both Guthrie and CC had easy second innings. Still no score.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Gritty and gutty, Brett Gardner singles to lead off the third, driving a 2-2 pitch to left. Now he has to steal second to avoid the Jeter GIDP.
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Jeter grounds to short … But Girardi had GGBG moving and the shortstop went to cover second. Gardner to third and the Yankees are in business.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Now there is some dumb baseball. Damon flies to left. Luke Scott lines up the ball and could have made a strong throw home. But instead Adam Jones pulls a Kelly Leak and cuts him off. As his momentum carried him to the side, Gardner scored without a throw.
1-0 Yankees. Tex just grounded feebly back to the pitcher as the whole place booed him. Man, they really hate the local product.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: CC is just not pitching well. Isturis singled on a 3-1 pitch. Roberts walked. Then Jones drilled a two-run triple to the gap in right before Markakis delivered a sac fly. 3-1 O’s.
CC appears to have lousy fastball command.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Turned out to be a nice day here. Shadows on the field now. Guthrie is closing in on 60 pitches here in the fourth inning. After a rocky spring training, he has pitched well today.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: This is why they need a long man. Gregg Zaun drills one here and what then? Wear out Phil Coke?
CC’s line so far: 3+ 4 3 3 3 3 0.
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Damon tripled and Tex walked with two outs in the fifth inning. But Matsui fouled out. Yankees have left six on base in five innings, two in scoring position.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Action in the Yankees’ pen as CC allows a leadoff double by Roberts. Meanwhile a group of Yankees fans in front of the press box are getting liquored up and swearing at each other. It mystifies me why somebody would pay so much to get into a game and then get plastered.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Nice scoring in Baltimore. Ransom drops a ball out of his glove and they give Mora a hit.
CC should be out of the game. It’s 5-1, he has nothing and he’s at 93 pitches. Bases loaded and one out. Just a brutal start for him.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: They intentionally walked Wigginton to load the bases with one out. CC got ahead of Luke Scott 0-2 then walked him. Now he’s out. Just a disaster for his first game as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: At least there’s Brett Gardner. He just caught a fly ball and gunned down Mora at the plate. But the Yankees trail 6-1.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: The final line for CC: 4.1 8 6 6 5 0. 2 wild pitches, 96 pitches / 50 strikes. Yeesh.
Meanwhile, Posasa homered, Cano walked and Nady doubled him in. Yankees trail 6-3.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Sabathia’s last start without a strikeout was July 25, 2005 at Oakland. He lasted 2.1 innings that day, allowing eight runs.
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Jeter is 3 for 3. Not sure what happened on that play with Nady but he went around third too far and got caught off the bag. Once again, troubles with base-running hurt the Yankees.
Teams lose. But that they’re playing so poorly is a surprise.
UPDATE, 6;50 p.m.: Godzilla drills one after a Damon single. Now they trail 6-5. The Yankees own Chris Ray as I recall. Need to look that up.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: I knew it. 16 games, 16 innings, 15 hits, 9 ER coming into today. Ray isn’t quite Arthur Rhodes but he’s close.
Yankees win this game?
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Swisher hits for Ransom and doubles. Pena runs for him. Nice job by Swish. Yankees in business again.
You have Gardner bunt?
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Yes, you do. Runner on third, one out for the captain. Will he tie it up? I would say so, he’s Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Not that time he wasn’t as he grounds to third. Up to Damon.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: What a moment, Tex up with runners on the corners and two outs. They’ve been booing him like he’s Robert Irsay all day. He’s love to make them all eat it now.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Grounds into a force. 0 for 4 with a walk in his Yankee debut. Bad day for the newcomers.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Zaun doubles and Izturis homers. Now it’s 8-5 and that should be that for the Yankees. Poor start to the season but it’s one game. That the won’t go 162-0 will send the usual suspects into a panic, I’m sure.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Bruney is back to trying to throw the ball through a wall every time. Not sure why. His entire spring has been that way, more or less. What a workout Posada is getting today. Three wild pitches, now a fourth relief pitcher. Just a big mess.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: I would not trust Damaso Marte in a big spot ever. He got three years?
10 runs on 14 hits, 7 walks and three wild pitches. Brutal.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Got to get down to the clubhouse, Back with some more later on.