Derek Jeter SS
Nick Johnson DH
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posada C
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher RF
Brett Gardner LF
LHP Andy Pettitte (0-0, 1.50)
Career vs. Angels
Erick Aybar SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Torii Hunter CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kendry Morales 1B
Juan Rivera RF
Howie Kendrick 2B
Jeff Mathis C
Brandon Wood 3B
RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.00)
Career vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m./YES Network
WEATHER: The temperature might get into the upper 50s by the middle of the game, but right now it’s about 52 and feels a little lower because of the wind. It’s cloudy, but so far there’s been no sign of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Hunter Wendelstedt, 1B Dan Bellino, 2B Jerry Layne, 3B Mike Winters
ALL ABOUT THE RINGS: The pregame ceremony begins at 12:30, with baseline introductions at 12:44. Anthem at 12:56, Bernie Williams’ ceremonial first pitch at 1:01 and Andy Pettitte’s first pitch at 1:08.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Yankees are 70-36-1 in their home openers and have won 11 of the past 12. They lost last year’s home opener to end an 11-year winning streak.
SELECT COMPANY: Bernie Williams is the ninth former Yankee to throw out a first pitch at a home opener joining Joe DiMaggio (nine times), Yogi Berra (seven times), Whitey Ford (three times), Mickey Mantle (once), Reggie Jackson (once), Phil Rizzuto (once), Bob Shawkey (once) and Mel Stottlemyre (once).
UPDATE, 12:42 p.m.: Hal Steinbrenner just addressed the media.
“Derek and Joe just came up to the suite and gave George his ring,” Steinbrenner said. “He’s the only one wearing one right now.”
UPDATE, 12:43 p.m.: Andy Pettitte is the first player to get his ring. He got it and went back to the dugout to get ready for the game. Jerry Hairston Jr. was second.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: By the way, the first member of the staff to get his ring — after Girardi — was Gene Monahan, who’s here for the ceremony.
UPDATE, 12:47 p.m.: Huge ovation for Mariano Rivera. After Pettitte, the Yankees have been working backwards through the uniform numbers, from Alfredo Aceves down. That should mean Derek Jeter will be the last to get his ring.
UPDATE, 12:50 p.m.: Jeter just got his ring. Still no mention of Matsui.
UPDATE, 12:51 p.m.: Oh wow. Matsui goes last. Really amazing moment. I can’t believe how loud this place got when Matsui walked onto the field. The Yankees just swarmed him in the infield. Very, very cool.
UPDATE, 1:07 p.m.: Here comes Bernie after a terrific Anthem. The Yankees really do it right when it comes to moments like this.
UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.: Welcome back Nick Johnson!
UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: Here’s the AP shot of Matsui on the field for the ring ceremony.
UPDATE, 1:46 p.m.: Marc Carig just turned to me and said, “Is it just me, or is Cano hitting everything hard this year?” It’s not just him. The Yankees second baseman has looked terrific since spring training.
UPDATE, 1:57 p.m.: I didn’t think Gardner went on that pitch, but what do I know?
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: You just knew Jeter would hit a homer today. You just knew it.
UPDATE, 2:17 p.m.: Awful news from the Angels beat. Apparently a man jumped off their team hotel his morning, and a few players witnessed it.
UPDATE, 2:20 p.m.: The news I’m sure you’ve really been waiting for: The 4 train won the season’s first subway race.
UPDATE, 2:33 p.m.: Spikes to the catcher. Line drive off the pitcher. It’s a rough game, boys.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Here’s the AP shot of Jeter’s homer.
UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.: Alfredo Aceves is getting loose for the Yankees. Obviously you’d rather see Pettitte get out of this inning on his own.
UPDATE, 3:11 p.m.: Great job by Pettitte. By the way, the Yankees just announced that today’s crowd of 49,293 is larger than any regular season crowd last year.
UPDATE, 3:14 p.m.: Check swings have not been kind to Gardner this afternoon.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.: Here’s Chan Ho Park. And if you haven’t seen Park’s YouTube video, it is absolutely must-see material.
UPDATE, 3:43 p.m.: That was Posada’s 345th double, moving him past Mickey Mantle for seventh place on the Yankees all-time doubles list.
UPDATE, 3:50 p.m.: Randy Winn is in right. Is there a more experienced defensive replacement in baseball? Winn was an everyday player for 12 years. Now he’s Nick Swisher’s caddy.
UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: Two infield singles, a hard-hit ball to the track and a grand slam off Dave Robertson. Some bad luck and some bad pitches. Here comes Mo.