The Yankees wasted no time chasing Tigers starter Brad Penny from the game as they scored nine runs in the first five innings including three-run homers from Mark Teixeira and Russell Martin. Alex Rodriguez added another one, his first of the season.
A.J. Burnett started for the Yankees and certainly didn’t do a great job, but it is something to build off. He allowed three runs in five innings, but just walked a single batter while striking out six. He is going to have to improve to make people happy, but as long as his walks are low and strikeouts high there is reason to be optimistic.
David Robertson and Mariano Rivera were strong out of the bullpen, but newcomer Luis Ayala wasn’t impressive as he allowed two runs over two innings. Boone Logan also could have been better as he didn’t pitch well enough to keep Rivera out of a game where the Yankees scored 10 runs.
The Yankees offense has gotten off to a good start so far this season. They got 12 hits one their way to scoring 10 runs and the only regular who didn’t get a hit yesterday was Nick Swisher, who did have an RBI. Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson also showed off their legs as they each swiped a bag.