In Derek Jeter‘s final home opener of his career, he lingered for a few moments before entering the batters box, letting the crowds cheers surround him. This was the final time he would step into the batters box during a Yankees home opener, and he wanted to take in all the emotions. But he also knew there was a game to win–and the Yankees did just that with a 4-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
Hiroki Kuroda had the start for the Yankees and he surely did not disappoint. He went 6.1 innings giving up two runs on eight hits with four strikeouts without walking a batter. Yankees starters have not walked a batter since Ivan Nova‘s last outing where he walked five batters. Matt Thornton, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley had scoreless outings, handing the Orioles their fifth loss of the season.
The Yankees started scoring their four runs in the third when Yangervis Solarte walked, Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter grounded into a double play to bring Solarte home. In the fourth, Alfonso Soriano singled, moved to second on a walk by Kelly Johnson and scored on an RBI single by Solarte and in the fifth, Jeter missed a home run by a few feet and barely made it to second where he was singled home moments later by Jacoby Ellsbury. Later in the inning, Johnson had an RBI on a bases loaded walk, scoring Carlos Beltran.
– Ivan Nova will take the ball for the Yankees as they try to take the series against the Orioles. Nova is aiming to bounce back from his bad yet effective start. Wei-Yin Chen will take the mound for the Orioles. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.