The 12 run first inning was a franchise record.
Six Yankees had at least one run batted in during the opener, with the Nos. 5-9 hitters going a combined 10 for 19 with two doubles, a home run and six runs. Nick Swisher, batting fifth, led that group, going 3 for 4 with a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
For comparison, the reigning World Series champions, the NL West leading Giants needed 10 days to score that many runs.
In the midst of the offense's big day, the pitching staff looked pretty good, too. Bartolo Colon wasn't in the Cy Young form that he showed before his injury, but he was sharp, and Cory Wade followed up with 3 innings of great work. Boone Logan was good, Luis Ayala was not. And Soriano made his return to the Bronx without blowing the lead (I head he even talked to the media afterwards).
In the night cap, Ivan Nova either won himself a spot or the roster or a ticket out of town. I'm not ready to push Hughes out of the rotation, but I'd use Nova for middle relief or long relief rather than send him back to Scranton.
Ublado Jimenez is an Indian, Derrek Lee is a Pirate, Orlando Cabrera is a Giant, Rafael Furcal is a Cardinal, and Jesus Montero is still a Yankee (in Scranton).