On a very cold, dreary Opening Day, the Yankees used a seventh inning Curtis Granderson solo home run to power past the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. Both starting pitchers gave their respective teams six innings of three-run ball, but the bullpen proved to be the deciding favor. Mark Teixiera hit a third-inning, three run home run in the win. With the win, the Yankees are well on their way to a 162-0 season.

Teix, Jeet, and Russell After Teix's 3rd Inning Bomb

Recap

CC Sabathia gave the Yankees a quality start today, throwing six innings of three-run ball. He finished the sixth inning at 106 pitches and made his case for the seventh inning, but Girardi was smart going to his bullpen, given the conditions. Sabathia was constantly around 93 MPH, which was fine in his first start.

Offensively, Teixeira’s homer in third set the tone for the rest of the game. We have been writing all winter that Teixeira getting off to a fast start was vital for not only his confidence, but for the team. Let’s watch him carry this over into the weekend. Curtis Granderson’s seventh inning bomb off of ex-Yank Phil Coke, broke a 3-3 tie. The Yankees added two more runs in the seventh and eighth on a Derek Jeter sac fly and Nick Swisher single.

The story of the game for me was the bullpen. The trio of Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano, and Mariano Rivera threw three innings of no-hit ball. All three pitchers looked awesome and the Yankees have clearly shorten the games by having such a strong bullpen. I expect to see a common trend this season of six innings from the starters and dominance from the bullpen. Plus, who would have thought that Joba would record the first win of the season?

Key Stats

17: The trio of Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera are playing in their 17th consecutive season together. No other trio in professional sports has ever stayed together this long.

1926-1927 was the last time the Yankees had the same starting infield/outfield on consecutive Opening Days. 2010-2011 is now the standard.

What’s Next?

The Yankees have tomorrow off, but will battle the Tigers again on Saturday afternoon.

1:05 PM, FOX: Brad Penny (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. AJ Burnett (0-0, 0.00)