1. Brett Gardner LF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Mark Teixeira 1B
4. Alex Rodriguez 3B
5. Robinson Cano 2B
6. Nick Swisher RF
7. Jorge Posada DH
8. Curtis Granderson CF
9. Russell Martin C
A.J. Burnett P
1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Will Rhymes 2B
3. Magglio Ordonez RF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Victor Martinez, DH
6. Brennan Boesch, LF
7. Jhonny Peralta, SS
8. Alex Avila, C
9. Brandon Inge, 3B
Brad Penny P
Umpires: Jerry Meals, HP; CB Bucknor 1B; Dan Iassogna 2B, Dale Scott (crew chief) 3B
Weather: partly cloudy, 53 degrees (it feels colder, but maybe it’s just me)
March madness: After winning Opening Day, the Yankees are now 3-1 all-time in March regular-season games. Now it’s hello to the April portion of the schedule.
Home cooking: The Yankees have just eight road games this month. They have 18 games scheduled at Yankee Stadium. Including the March opener, they have 13 of their first 16 at home and 20 of their first 28 in the Bronx.
Bad A.J.: A.J. Burnett had the worst ERA in Yankees history last year for pitchers with at least 30 starts or 180 innings. His ERA came out to 5.26, going with a 10-15 record.
Update, 4:17: Well, Burnett sure looked sharp in the first, two Ks, 1-2-3 inning.
Update, 4:25: A-Rod’s big spring training is carrying over. RBI double to right, 1-0. Robby Cano infield hit, 2-0.
Update, 4:28: Nick Swisher lined that sac fly hard to left, 3-0.
Update, 4:47: Good job in the second by Burnett to strand Cabrera after a leadoff double and a wild pitch. He has four Ks already.
Update, 4:49: It didn’t take long for the Mets to play defense for themselves after Brian Cashman’s criticism today about their overuse of Pedro Feliciano the last three years. The Mets are in Florida, where they’re playing the Marlins.
“They didn’t know that when they signed him?” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen cracked to reporters about all those games pitched by Feliciano. “He volunteered for the baseball every day. He was asked if he was able to pitch. He said yes every day and wanted to pitch more than we even pitched him. I feel badly someone feels that way, but that’s part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him, because we knew we had used him 270-some times in the last three years.”
Update, 4:58: Mark Teixeira had two homers by the end of last April. Now he has two homers in two games, another three-run shot at that. It’s 6-0 in the second.
Update, 5:14: Ex-Yankees prospect Austin Jackson had a big rookie year, and now he has his first homer of this year, taking that 92 mph fastball to the left-field seats. It’s 6-1 in the third.
Update, 5:36: One start doesn’t answer consistency issues. Nor does four innings. But Burnett sure looks good with that command so far. He’s allowed one run and two hits and fanned five – 6-1 heading for the last of the fourth.
Update, 5:45: Two straight singles to start the fifth here for the Tigers.
Update, 5:46: Three straight singles off Burnett, 6-2.
Update, 5:47: Joe Girardi must be worried about Burnett losing it because David Robertson is warming. After a sacrifice, it’s second and third, one out.
Update, 5:50: There’s a walk to Austin Jackson, bases loaded. Larry Rothschild just went out to try to settle Burnett down.
Update, 5:52: Burnett does a good job, getting Will Rhymes to ground to first. But the run scores, and it’s 6-3.
Update, 5:55: Two are stranded in scoring position, with Burnett getting Magglio Ordonez on a check-swing attempt.
Update, 6:00: Girardi wants Cano’s shot reviewed. And it is being reviewed. It looked like it touched a fan’s hands but wasn’t over the left-field wall.
Update, 6:02: It stands as a double.
Update, 6:07: Penny’s day is over. Lefty Brad Thomas is coming in. Penny has been charged with six runs so far along with seven hits in 4 1/3. But there are runners at first and second.
Update, 6:14: Homer No. 1 for Russell Martin. Three-run shot. So it’s 9-3. Martin used to be good, an All-Star in 2007 and 2008. If he can rebound from two down years, it’s going to be a large boost, especially with the two kid catchers not looking ready.
Update, 6:21: Jeter is now 72 hits away from 3,000 with two today. His 2,928 ties him for 35th with Al Simmons. And Burnett is done after five. Did OK, three runs, five hits, 6 Ks. Robertson is in.
Update, 6:36: Brayan Villarreal will remember his major-league debut. The first batter he faced, Alex Rodriguez, hit a long home run to left-center at Yankee Stadium. That’s 614 for A-Rod. He has now tied Dave Winfield for 15th on the all-time RBI list with 1,833.
Update, 6:41: Actually the Yankees just announced they were wrong, that Winfield is at 1,834. Somehow I think A-Rod will still catch him. If his hip keeps feeling this good, he could have a big year again.
Update, 6:48: Luis Ayala throws a scoreless seventh in his Yankees regular-season debut.
Update: 7:00: Eric Chavez is in for A-Rod at third to start the eighth. Eduardo Nunez, who pinch hit for Jeter, stays in at short.
Update, 7:05: Victor Martinez just hit his first homer as a Tiger, a two-run shot to the Yankees’ bullpen where Boone Logan is warming – 10-5.
Update, 7:32: The Tigers have two on to start the ninth against Logan. Bartolo Colon is warming.
Update, 7:35: Jackson fanned for the first out. Mariano is now warming.
Update, 7:38: It’s 10-6 after Eduardo Nunez’s throwing error. Girardi isn’t fooling around with two outs. Rivera is in.
Update, 7:42: Yankees win, 10-6.