Game 7: Yankees vs. Orioles, home opener

od_white_2014It’s Opening Day in the Bronx! It’s also Derek Jeter’s final Opening Day. The Yankees captain said that he did not feel anything out of the ordinary on his ride up to the Bronx today, sensing all the normal season-opening jitters and butterflies, but that’ll change soon. Jeter is taking part in a pregame ceremony with the Core Four, as he and Jorge Posada will catch ceremonial first pitches from Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

“Everyone is human, so you have emotions. Everyone has feelings,” Jeter said. “Especially here, you play in so many big games. So many special games, throughout the course of my career. Yeah, I’ll be nervous, I’ll have butterflies before this game starts, but I do that all the time. I’ve just been pretty good at trying to control my emotions and not get too high, not get too low. Yeah, you have feelings, and there’s a lot of ‘wow’ moments playing here in New York. For me, I just thought it was always easier for me to play if I control my emotions.”

Here are the lineups:

ORIOLES (2-4)

David Lough LF
Nick Markakis RF
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Matt Wieters C
Nelson Cruz DH
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Ryan Flaherty SS
Jonathan Schoop 3B

Ubaldo Jimenez RHP

YANKEES (3-3)

Brett Gardner LF
Derek Jeter SS
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann C
Alfonso Soriano DH
Brian Roberts 2B
Kelly Johnson 1B
Yangervis Solarte 3B

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

And today’s what you need to know, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department:

AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play their home opener… is the first game of a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (today-Wed.), vs. Boston (Thurs.-Sun.) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)… completed a six-game, season-opening road trip with a 3-3 record (1-2 at Houston and 2-1 at Toronto)… will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.
Are 3-0 this season when leading after six innings and 0-3 when trailing after six innings.

Yankees pitchers have allowed just 42H and 14BB in 51.0 total IP in 2014… have averaged 7.83 K/game and 2.33 BB/game this season.
No Yankees player has started all six games this season.

OPENING DAY FESTIVITIES: Gates will open to fans with valid tickets beginning at 11:00 a.m.… festivities will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. with the introduction of both teams on the baselines followed by the presentation of colors by the West Point Cadet Color Guard, including a giant American flag being unfurled in the outfield… Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera will throw the ceremonial first pitches to Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada… following the game,  Pettitte and Rivera will receive the “Pride of the Yankees” Award at the 35th Annual Homecoming Dinner… Kelli O’Hara (Tony nominee and co-star of the Broadway musical The Bridges of Madison County) will sing the national anthem prior to the game and James Moye (from the Broadway show Bullets Over Broadway) will perform “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch… the Yankees ask their fans to please budget ample time when planning their trip to the Stadium and urge their fans to use public transportation.

Are 14-2 in home openers since 1998, 19-3 since 1992 and 25-5 since 1984 (after dropping two straight in 1982 and 1983)…won a Major League-record 11 straight home openers from 1998-2008.

YARD WORK: With LF Brett Gardner’s two-run HR in Sunday’s win at Toronto, the Yankees snapped a five-game homerless streak to start the season… was just the fifth time  since 1923 they had such a streak to begin a season (also 1990-7G, 1975-6G, 1964-5G, 1938-5G)… the HR also snapped the team’s 183AB homerless stretch to start the season… the Elias Sports Bureau notes that the Yankees have had only two longer droughts since the advent of the DH in 1973 (234AB to start 1975 and 229AB to start 1990).

BOTTOMS UP: Yankees 7-9 batters have combined to bat .338 (22-for-65) with 10R, 7 doubles, 5RBI and 7BB this season.

CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter has begun his 20th and final season as a Yankee, breaking a tie with Mariano Rivera (19 seasons), to become the longest tenured player in franchise history… leads all active MLBers and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,320 career hits… on Sunday at Toronto, surpassed Paul Molitor (3,319) for sole possession of eighth place on MLB’s all-time hits list and fourth place on the all-time AL list.

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He actually has to do something before he gets recognition, however, I guarantee you the second he starts struggling big time we will be crying about getting someone else who can actually hit.

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Solarte, in spite of his unexpected solid start is like the forgotten man in this lineup.
Wouldn’t it be a smart thing to give this guy some recognition. Yes, it’s a long season but why does this guy have to be invisible. Encouragement goes a long way.His numbers make the front office look lousy, as he is not overpaid, I’m sure.

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