Notes from Opening Day
The Yankees opened their 106th season today at Yankee Stadium, improving to 62-43-1 on Opening Day and 33-14-1 in season openers at home…they have won 11 straight home openers (1998-2008), breaking a tie with the 1945-54 Pittsburgh Pirates (10) for the longest such streak in Major League history (credit: Elias Sports Bureau)… they have won 16 of their last 17 home openers and 22 of the last 25…they improved to 58-26 in the 84th and final home opener at the current Yankee Stadium and are now 70-35-1 in home openers all-time.
Manager Joe Girardi won his debut as Yankees skipper, becoming the 10th man to win his Yankees managerial debut on an Opening Day.
SS Derek Jeter (1-for-4) made his 12th Opening Day start at shortstop (1996-2000, 2002-08), surpassing Phil Rizzuto (11–1941-42, 1947-55) for the all-time franchise record at the position.
RF Bobby Abreu (2-for-4) extended his Opening Day hitting streak to 12 games with a first inning single…it is the second longest active streak of its kind behind the 14-game streak of Toronto’s Frank Thomas, who also extended his streak tonight.
CF Melky Cabrera (1-for-3) hit his first career Opening Day home run in the sixth inning, snapping a 163 at-bat homerless stretch…had last homered on 8/12/07 at Cleveland off Jake Westbrook.
RHP Mariano Rivera recorded his second career Opening Day save, setting a new Yankees franchise record for Opening Day saves (note: saves became an official statistic in 1969).