MON: Yankees 6, Baltimore 2. W: Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57), L: Brian Matusz (0-1, 9.00), HR: Andruw Jones (1, off Darren O’Day), Matt Weiters (2, off Nova).
Ivan Nova gave up a lot of hits, but had impeccable command and only got better in tougher situations as he lead the Yankees to their first win of the season.
The Yankees took advantage of Matusz by scoring a run in the 1st, three in the 4th and then tacked on runs in the 6th and 7th as they scored six runs for the third time in four games.
TUE: Yankees 5, Baltimore 4 (12 innings): W: Clay Rapada (1-0, 10.80), L: Pedro Strop (0-1, 2.25), S: Mariano Rivera (1, 7.71), HR: Derek Jeter (1, off of Wei-Yin Chen), J.J. Hardy (2, off Freddy Garcia).
Freddy Garcia had terrible command all game long as he left trailing 4-1 after throwing five wild pitches, but he got a huge lift from the Yankees bullpen that got especially strong performances from David Phelps and Cory Wade, who threw a combined 4.2 scoreless innings.
The Yankees got their first run on a leadoff homer by Jeter in the 1st. They scored three more to tie it in the 6th on a sac fly by Andruw Jones, an error by Mark Reynolds, and an RBI-single by Brett Gardner. They took the lead in the 12th on a ground rule double by Raul Ibanez.
The Yankees offense was frustrating to watch as they squandered multiple opportunities to score runs. Garcia was awful, but was bailed out by a bullpen that pitched 7.1 scoreless innings.
WED: Yankees 6, Baltimore 4 (10 innings). W: Rafael Soriano (1-0, 0.00), L: Kevin Gregg (0-1, 5.40), S: Mariano Rivera (2, 5.40). HR: Curtis Granderson (1, off Jake Arrieta), Nick Swisher (2, off Kevin Gregg).
It was an odd night for Sabathia, who looked vintage in the 1st, 4th, and 6th innings, but struggled the rest of the way. There was a scare in the 2nd inning when he tried to field a comebacker with his barehand, but it didn’t appear to affect him much, he had already begun to struggle a few batters before that.
Granderson had the big hit in the 1st inning, a 2-run shot, but Arrieta settled in after that and didn’t allow another run until the 5th. That inning the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, but Jeter’s RBI ground out was the only time they scratched out a run. Trailing 4-3 in the 7th, the Yankees managed a couple baserunners leading up to an RBI-single from Granderson to tie the game at 4.
That’s where it stood as Boone Logan and Rafael Soriano pitched a combined three scoreless innings to keep the Yankees in it. Finally, in the 10th inning Nick Swisher homered deep to right to give the Yankees a 6-4 lead. Mariano Rivera came in to nail down the save.
FRI: Yankees 5, Los Angeles Angels 0. W: Hiroki Kuroda (1-1, 2.63), L: Ervin Santana (0-2, 7.71). HR: Alex Rodriguez (1, off Santana), Curtis Granderson (2, off Santana).
The Yankees sweep in Baltimore was stressful, but Opening Day at Yankee Stadium couldn’t have been much easier. Kuroda started and went eight shutout innings as he looked relaxed and easy throughout the game.
Offensively, the Yankees did most of their damage in the 1st inning when Nick Swisher hit a bases loaded, 3-RBI double off the wall in center field to give them a 3-0 lead early. Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson each hit solo home runs in the 3rd and 5th innings to tack on a pair of runs.
A-Rod’s homer tied him with Ken Griffey Jr. at 630 for 5th all-time. This win puts the Yankees at 14-1 during the home opener since ’98. Jorge Posada threw out the first pitch to his father before the game.
SAT: Los Angeles Angels 7, Yankees 1. W: C.J. Wilson (2-0, 1.38), L: Phil Hughes (0-2, 9.00). HR: Howie Kendrick (1, off Hughes), Chris Iannetta (1, off Hughes).
Phil Hughes needed to show a bit more efficiency on Saturday against the Angels, but he was knocked out after throwing just 84 pitches to get just 10 outs. More alarming, Hughes, who was hitting nearly 95 mph in the 1st inning, lost velocity to the point where he couldn’t hit 92 mph by the 3rd inning.
David Phelps came on in relief and was impressive as he not only kept the Yankees in the game, but he also gave the bullpen the day off. He pitched 5.1 innings, struck out four, and allowed just one run on a Vernon Wells solo shot in the 5th inning.
The Yankees offense had a couple of opportunities, but squandered almost all of them. The only time they managed to cross the plate was in the 5th on a RBI-single from Robinson Cano, his first RBI of the season.
SUN: Yankees 11, Los Angeles Angels 5. W: Ivan Nova (2-0, 4.15), L: Jerome Williams (0-1, 16.88). HR: Derek Jeter (2, off of Hisanori Takahashi), Raul Ibanez (2, off of Jason Isringhausen, Mike Trumbo (2, off Nova), Chris Iannetta (2, off Nova).
The Yankees and Angels traded runs in the 2nd inning and the Yankees broke it open in the third inning when they scored four runs on a Curtis Granderson RBI-ground out, an A-Rod RBI-single, a Mark Teixeira RBI-double, and a Nick Swisher sac fly. They tacked on three more in the 4th on a Jeter 3-run homer off Takahashi.
Nova more or less was solid, but seemed to tire toward the end. The Angels scored twice in the 5th and then again in the 6th to knock him out after six innings. Rafael Soriano came in for the 7th and struggled a bit as he allowed a run before David Robertson came in and did his Houdini thing.
The Yankees tacked on three more runs in the 7th on a Swisher RBI-single and a Ibanez 2-run homer and that’s where the game ended as Mariano Rivera slammed the door on the Angels.