The Yankees took game one of a three-game set against the Angels, 7-5, in their 2010 home-opener following pre-game ceremonies for the Yankees 2009 championship.

Baseball is back in the Bronx.



Initial Reaction:

A great way to begin the season at home, the Yankees had 7 runs off of 13 hits and received great play from their defense. Andy Pettitte was terrific on the mound, and after getting bad pitching from the bullpen (2.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R), Mariano Rivera shut the door.

Positives From The Game:

The Longball – Derek Jeter and Nick Johnson went deep. You had to have known The Captain would hit a home run today.

Andy Pettitte’s line – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K. Pettitte escaped from multiple jams, including: runners on second and third with one out in the fifth; and first and third with one out in the sixth, getting an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Marcus Thames was not in left field.

The 4-5-6-7 hitters – 9 for 19, 4 RBI

Negatives From The Game:

Chan Ho Park allowed a home run off the bat of Kendry Morales in the seventh, spoiling the shutout after coming in to relieve Pettitte. Maybe Chan Ho still needs some relief from last weekend?

David Robertson loaded the bases in the ninth inning and after striking out Erick Aybar, surrendered a grand slam to Bobby Abreu, making it a 7-5 game.

Interesting Facts:

Nick Johnson hit the very first home run of the season at Yankee Stadium. Also, Nick’s at-bat music is a Miley Cirus song, because his 4-year old daughter loves the musical stylings of Miley.

Following Mark Teixiera’s first inning strikeout, he had struck out looking four times in his last five at bats. Teixeira’s slow start continues; he’s hitting .125 (don’t worry, it’s still April).

Posada’s double in the seventh inning (345 in his career) moved him past Mickey Mantle for seventh place on the Yankees all-time doubles list.

Granderson has driven in a run in three-straight games.

Today’s attendance – 49,293 – is the largest regular season attendance in the brief history of the new Yankee Stadium.

Yankees trainer Gene Monahan, currently away from the team with an undisclosed illness, was on hand for the ring ceremony. Geno missed all of Spring Training this year. Although the team kept his diagnosis a secret, Mariano Rivera said yesterday that Monahan had surgery for cancer. He received a big ovation from his teammates and the fans

Former Bomber Hideki Matsui, deservedly so, received three standing ovations before Pettitte even threw him a pitch. The fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” as he emerged from the dugout to receive his ring. His former Yankee teammates all ran toward Matsui to embrace, probably the last time Godzilla will ever be with those guys all at once.

What’s Next?: Game 2 of the home-opening series versus the Angels, as Javy Vazquez (0-1, 12.71 ERA) duels with Joel Pineiro (0-1, 4.50) at 1:05 on Wednesday.

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