It was more like football weather than baseball weather with 30 degree temperatures and rain failing throughout the day, but that didn’t stop the Yankees from beating the Tigers 6-3 in a rare Opening Day in March at Yankee Stadium.
Mark Teixeira provided the big blast for the Yankees with a three-run shot in the third inning that put the Bombers up 3-1. The Tigers tied it with runs in the fourth and fifth. The Yankees would take the lead again when Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the seventh. Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher also contributed with RBI’s to make it 6-3 before the bullpen shut down the Tigers with Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano, and Mariano Rivera each pitching a perfect inning with a strikeout.
It was a good start to the season. It was good to see Sabathia pitching like the ace, it was great seeing Teixeira provide some early offense, and it was tantalizing to see the bullpen perform so well. Hopefully that is a sign of things to come.