Going into today’s game, the Yankees didn’t have a home run this season, which was slightly hard to believe. Well, if you had Brett Gardner in your pool as to who would hit the first Yankees home run of the season (I did), you’d be right. That home run made the difference as the Yankees beat the Blue Jays 6-4 for the series win at the Rogers Centre in Toronto Canada.
The Yankees got all six of their runs in the first three innings off Toronto Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison as he worked 3.1 innings in his start. In the first, Gardner walked, stole second, advanced to third on a ground ball by Derek Jeter and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury‘s RBI ground out. Jeter would later pull ahead of Paul Molitor for eighth place on the all-time hit list with 3,320. Kelly Johnson had a two-run double later in the first inning after Brian McCann walked and Alfonso Soriano was hit by a pitch. In the fourth, Brian Roberts walked, stole second and scored on a double by Yangervis Solarte. Gardner hit a two-run shot shortly after.
CC Sabathia had the start for the Yankees and had a slightly better outing than Opening Day, going six innings while giving up four runs on seven hits with six strikeouts. Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley each had a scoreless inning before handing the ball to David Robertson for his second save of the season.
— It’s Opening Day at Yankee Stadium tomorrow as the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles for a three game series. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for the Yankees on a day that will be bittersweet; Derek Jeter will make his final home Opening Day appearance after 20 seasons with the Yankees. First pitch will be at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.