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
LHP CC Sabathia (21-7, 3.18 in ’10)
Sabathia vs. Tigers
Austin Jackson CF
Will Rhymes 2B
Magglio Ordonez RF
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
Ryan Raburn LF
Jhonny Peralta SS
Brandon Inge 3B
Alex Avila C
RHP Justin Verlander (18-9, 3.37)
Verlander vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: We’re not in Florida any more. It’s cold and the wind is blowing in from center field. Temperatures in the 40s with a chance of rain at some point.
UMPIRES: HP Dale Scott, 1B Jerry Meals, 2B CB Bucknor, 3B Dan Iassogna
THREE OF A KIND: 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.
THIRD YEAR: Since the new Yankee Stadium opened, the Yankees have the best home record in the major leagues, going 109-53 in the past two years. The 109 wins are the most by a major league team in its first two seasons in a particular venue.
THIRD STRAIGHT: CC Sabathia is the first Yankees starter to start three consecutive Opening Days since Roger Clemens started three straight from 2001 through 2003. Sabathia is one of 12 players in franchise history with three or more Opening Day starts.
THIRD PAIR: Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez have started six Opening Days together. That’s tied for the most by a SS/3B duo in franchise history. Bucky Dent and Graig Nettles also started six together, so did Frankie Crosetti and Red Rolfe. According to Elias, the last SS/3B duo to start seven Opening Days together was Ozzie Guillen and Robin Ventura with the White Sox from 1990 through 1996.
UPDATE, 12:45 p.m.: Check it out, Austin Jackson got introduced on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium after all!
UPDATE, 1:01 p.m.: Posada behind the plate! He caught Mussina’s first pitch.
UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Nick Swisher has added a little shout out to the bleacher creatures in his pregame introduction (you know, the “right-field, number 33, Nick Swisher” thing).
UPDATE, 1:34 p.m.: Unable to take advantage of a pair of two-out walks, Cano struck out to end the first. Still scoreless after one.
UPDATE, 1:45 p.m.: Bases loaded with no outs, Sabathia got out of the inning with only one run scoring. It’s a 1-0 Tigers lead through an inning and a half.
UPDATE, 2:04 p.m.: Russell Martin’s first Yankees at-bat is the team’s first hit of the day, a sharp single to left.
UPDATE, 2:09 p.m.: After Jeter walked and Martin stole third, Teixeira’s first homer has given the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the third.
UPDATE, 2:30 p.m.: Sabathia allowed another run in the top of the fourth, but ultimately got a strikeout to strand runners at the corners. This looks like one of those Sabathia starts where he’s not overwhelming, but keeps finding a way to get through innings and get huge outs when he needs them.
UPDATE, 2:45 p.m.: Strange error by Robinson Cano opened the door for an unearned run and a tied game in the fifth.
UPDATE, 3:07 p.m.: Must admit, I was with Alex on that one. It looked like a no-doubt home run off the bat. I thought it was way out of here. By the way, Rodriguez has a hit in eight straight Opening Day games (that he’s played in, obviously).
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: Looks like he got back just in time. Granderson takes Phil Coke deep, now Soriano is getting loose in the bullpen.