The New York Yankees started off hot, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings and never looked back as they defeated the Detroit Tigers 10-6. AJ Burnett was good, but not great as he picked up a victory in his first appearance of the season, going five innings and allowing three earned runs and striking out six. As Matt pointed out yesterday, the Yankees are well on their way to their 162-0 season…

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Recap

The Yankees started out hot, lighting up new Tiger starter Brad Penny for eight earned runs through 4.1 innings. The first inning was highlighted by an RBI double by Alex Rodriguez that was smoked off the right-field wall.

The second inning was Mark Teixeira’s show, as he hit his second three-run home run in two days. This one was yet another no-doubt-about-it bomb to right field, reaching the Bleacher Creatures in right field.

At this point, the rest of the game was a formality. The Tigers made a bit of a run during Burnett’s fifth inning, but AJ struck out Tiger slugger Magglio Ordonez to end the inning, stranding two runners in scoring position.

Key Stats

3000 Watch: Derek Jeter went 2 for 4 today with two runs scored. Both of his hits came in the first two innings… for his career, The Captain now has 2,928 career hits.

Hot Start: Last March and April, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs and nine RBIs. Through two games this season, Tex has two home runs and six RBIs. Obviously, he won’t keep up this ridiculous pace, but it’s nice to see Mark start off great.

What’s Next?

The Yankees will try to sweep their opening series tomorrow against Detroit before the Minnesota Twins come into town on Monday.

1:05 PM, YES: Max Scherzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (0-0, 0.00 ERA)