It’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:
David Lough LF
Ubaldo Jimenez RHP
Brett Gardner LF
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.
TORONTO — Derek Jeter logged career hits No. 3,319 and 3,320 on Sunday against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, passing Paul Molitor (3,319) to claim sole possession of eighth place on the all-time hits list.
The pair of singles to right field off Toronto right-hander Drew Hutchison, coming in the third and fourth innings, also moved Jeter into fourth place on the all-time American League hits list.
Molitor, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, collected his hit total over a 21-year career with the Brewers, Blue Jays and Twins from 1978-1998.
After Molitor, the next name on both lists is Carl Yastrzemski, who logged 3,419 hits with the Red Sox from 1961-1983 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.
Brett Gardner LF
CC Sabathia LHP (0-1, 9.00)
|BLUE JAYS (3-3)
Melky Cabrera CF
Drew Hutchison RHP (1-0, 0.00)
Michael Pineda has never thrown an official pitch in a Yankees uniform, something that will finally change this afternoon. Pineda is making his first start for the club, having come all the way back from right labrum surgery to win the fifth starter competition this spring. Pineda may not throw as hard as he once did with the Mariners, where he was a 2011 All-Star, but he believes that his slider and changeup are better than they ever were with Seattle. Pineda was electric for a lot of this spring, and it will be fun to see what the Blue Jays have to say about it here at Rogers Centre.
The game is on YES and WFAN. Here are the quick hits you need to know, courtesy of the Yankees’ media relations department.:
AT A GLANCE: Today the Yankees will play the second game of a three-game series at Toronto… is the fifth game of a six-game road trip that also included a season-opening three-game series at Houston (went 1-2)… following this road trip, return home for a 10-day, nine-game homestand vs. Baltimore (Mon.-Wed.), vs. Boston (4/10-13) and vs. Chicago-NL (4/15-16)… will play 18 of their first 31 games at home.
>> The Yankees have come from behind in both of their wins this season.
>> Yankees batters have not homered in their first four games of the season for just the second time since 1976 (also 1990)… since 1923, have started just four seasons without a homer through their first five games (1990-7G, 1975-6G, 1964-5G, 1938-5G).
CURTAIN CALL: SS Derek Jeter leads all active MLB players and is the Yankees franchise leader with 3,318 career hits… needs just 1H to tie Paul Molitor (3,319) for eighth place on MLB’s all-time hits list and fourth place on the all-time AL hits list.
JUST GETTING STARTED: RHP Masahiro Tanaka made his Major League debut on Friday at Toronto, starting and earning the win (7.0IP, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 8K, 1HR)… became just the third pitcher in the last 15 seasons (since 2000) to strike out at least eight batters without allowing any walks in his Major League debut (also Washington’s Stephen Strasburg on 6/8/10 vs. Pittsburgh, 14K/0BB; and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto on 4/3/08 vs. Arizona, 10K/0BB)… the only other Yankee to accomplish the feat since 1914 is Rich Beck on 9/14/65 at Washington (8K/0BB).
The lineups for both clubs:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Michael Pineda RHP
|BLUE JAYS (2-3)
Melky Cabrera LF
R.A. Dickey RHP
The Yankees have placed Mark Teixeira on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Austin Romine has been called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Kelly Johnson will be the Yankees’ regular first baseman while Teixeira is out. Joe Girardi said that he could also use Dean Anna, Francisco Cervelli and Yangervis Solarte at first base as backups.