Opening Day in the Bronx proved to be an excellent start to the year. C.C. didn't seem to have his best stuff but he still found a way to limit the Tigers to 3 runs while the Yankee bats came to life to take the lead twice. Russell Martin started the offense for the Bombers by getting a lead off single in the thrid inning. After a walk to Jeter, Martin stole third base. While the stolen base was very impressive and certainly got the crowd going, it was ultimately unnecessary because of Mark Teixeira's 3 run blast to the second deck in right field. The home run put the Yankees on top 3-1.
Sabathia would later give up 2 more runs but it would be Curtis Granderson who would break that tie with a solo bomb to the second deck in right field. Granderson capped off an outstanding day by making an outstanding running catch in the 9th for the second out. He also made a very impressive diving play in the first inning. Granderson played an outstanding game against his former team and proved that he was in fact healthy enough to start the season in center field.
The Yanks went on to score 2 more runs and a very impressive 7th, 8th and 9th inning combo locked down a 6-3 win. Joba, Soriano and Mariano combined for 3 perfect innings. That late inning combo is hopefully a sign of things to come.
Mo is in the hunt for the all time saves record and as he gets closer, I will be counting down until he achieves his goal.
42 more saves until the record is his.