What a nice way to open the season.
CC Sabathia wasn't too sharp, but battled through six innings and, while he allowed runs in three separate frames, kept it at one apiece. One of the runs was unearned due to Robbie Cano dropping a throw.
Russell Martin had a helluva game for his first in pinstripes. He singled in his very first AB (the first Yankee hit of the season) and eventually stole thirdbase, showing good speed (for a catcher).
The lineup only generated five hits, but two went over the outfield wall. The big blow was Tex's three-run blast in the third that turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead. He also walked, grounded out and lined out. Is it too early to say his April woes are behind him? You could tell the pressure he was feeling by the way he (over)celebrated.
If Curtis Granderson wasn't feeling 100%, he surely fooled everyone at today's game. Starting in the very first inning, when he made a sliding catch, he looked like he'd never missed a day in the outfield. The capper was a Willie Mays-esque catch in deep centerfield in the ninth. Oh, he also hit the go-ahead home run in the seventh off one of the players he was traded for, Phil Coke.
Rafael Soriano looked solid pitching the eighth. He struck out Miguel Cabrera (his only non-productive PA of the day), hitting 92-93 MPH on the gun to go along with a sharp slider.
Mo, donning his new high-socks, retired the side in order in the ninth.
Play of the Game: Mark Teixeira's three-run, third inning bomb (+21%).
A rare Friday off-day tomorrow, then a 4 p.m. start on Saturday. But for now, enjoy the win!