Game 1: Tigers 3, Yankees 6

In the bottom of the third, Russell Martin connected with the Yankees first hit of the season.  Gardner then put down a bunt, moving Martin to second while the throw to first just beat the Bombers’ speedy outfielder.  Derek Jeter worked a walk and Martin stole third, putting runners on first and third for Mark Teixeira.  Teixeira then drove a deep fly ball into the right field stands giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers battled back in the top of the fourth.  Cabrera walked and Rayburn hit a one out single, putting runners on first and second.  A two out single to left by Brandon Inge put the score at 3-2, but CC came back and struck out Alex Avila to end the inning.  Sabathia struggled again in the fifth, giving up a single to Jackson.  Will Rhymes hit a sac bunt, but Cano mishandled the throw from Teixeira and the Tigers had two on with no outs.  A sac fly by Cabrera tied the game at 3-3.

Former Yankee reliever Phil Coke took the mound for the Tigers in the bottom of the seventh, after seeing Joba Chamberlain sit down Detroit in order.  Curtis Granderson then drove a solo shot over the wall in right, giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead.  Martin found himself on first thanks to an error by the Tigers and he moved over to second on another bunt by Gardner.  A wild pitch by Detroit hurler Ryan Perry allowed Martin to get to third and Jeter drove a sac fly to center, putting the Yankees up 5-3.  The Yankees picked up another run in the eighth, thanks to a walk to Rodriguez and a single by Swisher (whose baserunning afterwards was suspect).  With Mariano Rivera on the mound in the top of the ninth, the Tigers went down in order and the Yankees picked up the 6-3 win.

Some Interesting Tidbits For Opening Day:

  • Curtis Granderson has three straight Opening Days with a homer.
  • Alex Rodriguez has hit in eight straight Opening Day appearances.  This does not include 2009 when he began the season on the DL.
  • In MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL history there have never been three teammates to play seventeen straight seasons together – until now, as Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada set that record (and the more I think about this the older I feel).
  • The Yankees set a major league record, winning 11 straight games at home on Opening Day.

Bronx Cheers:
Brett Gardner: I thought Gardy looked a little lost in the outfield today, which may or may not have been his fault.  He went 0-2 with two strikeouts.  Gardner bunted twice, and while I will leave the decisions to bunt up for debate – it was nice to see him actually get some bunts down, a part of his game that has been sorely lacking for someone with his speed.

Jorge Posada: Jorge entered his new era as DH with a tough outing.  He went 0-4 with a strikeout, while leaving two runner on base.

Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-3 with a walk, two strikeouts and three left on base.  He also picked up an error when he couldn’t hold onto a throw from Teixeira at first.

Curtain Calls:
Curtis Granderson: Grandy was questionable for today’s game until yesterday afternoon, and did he give Yankees fans a lot to be happy about on Thursday!  A diving catch in the first inning was just the start for Granderson who made some great defensive plays (seriously, he was all over center field today) but also contributed on offense. Granderson went 1-3 with a solo homer that gave the Yankees the final lead of the game.

Russell Martin: The Yankees new backstop made quite an impression in his first game in Pinstripes.  He caught a good game, got on base and showed some speed. He went 1-3, scored two runs and stole a base.

Mark Teixeira: Teixeira gave New York its first lead, driving a big three-run homer into right.  He was 1-3 with a run scored, three RBIs and a walk.

Bullpen: The Yankees may have the best bullpen in the majors and they showed it today.  Joba, Raphael Soriano and Mo combined to give the Yankees three perfect innings, as each picked up a strikeout in the process.

In The On Deck Circle:
The Yankees and Tigers will take Friday off, before returning to Yankee Stadium for a game Saturday.  Brad Penny will take the ball for Detroit.  Penny actually had a strong start to his 2010 season, going 3-1 with a 1.56 ERA in April, before an oblique injury ended his season in May.  A.J. Burnett, who has been battling a cold, is still slated to start on Saturday.  Burnett’s disappointing 2010 has been well documented, but he put together a strong spring training.  In fact, Burnett didn’t walk a single batter in his thirteen innings in Florida.  First pitch is at 4:10pm on Saturday in the Bronx.

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

28 thoughts on “Game 1: Tigers 3, Yankees 6

  1. First sign of spring … Tamar is back! A cherry on top of an ice cream sundae of a day.

  2. guys – off topic…….can the yankees please do something about those large seats that are ALWAYS empty behind the plate (Teixeira pic above). It is a disgrace that the "true" fans cant afford these seats, and the yuppies wont sit in the cold to watch the yanks. its been a glaring problem since day 1 of the new shiny park, and it looks terrible to the rest of the nation….ok im done ranting

  3. scottiebro — in some peoples' defenses, there were a TON of people who had seats not under the overhang who moved out of their seats but stood in the rotunda area; my buddy and I were Section 125 field level and could see ROWS of people standing back there.

    Also, one question for Larry on this game which made me think — in regards to advanced metrics/statistics and the "old guard" resistance — what I'm curious about is a game like today. At the game, to my eyes, I would say that Curtis Granderson was worth the game here. Presumably though this wouldn't could as a, say, full 1.0 WAR for the season but how DOES it work in regards to a situation that someone with lesser defense or lesser offense wouldn't have had the same impact on this singular game?

  4. People give the Rays sh** about attendance, in New York people pay for the seats but won't come to the games if it is chilly out. What kind of pus** fans do you have?

  5. Also, another observation: whomever suggested Jeter change his plate music to The Imperial March following the very contentious offseason negotiation is a GENIUS.

  6. In all seriousness, something needs to be done about the empty seat problem behind the plate. We all know perfectly well that it has nothing to do with fan passion, but appearances matter. I am really tired of having to explain to fans of other teams why those seats are empty. Please, Hal and Hank, for the love of decency, find some way to fill those seats, even if you have to hand them out to cronies. Do you have any idea how infuriating it is to have to fight tooth and nail for tickets and then hear nonsense from the other 29 fan bases about lack of passion?

    Fix this!

  7. Tamar welcome back. I am just glad that the yanks won. The bullpen looked great. Shows that we got a great chance. Larry, my opening day is june 28th…my first yankee game for the season…and the best part ..its on the 28th….since we are on our quest for number 28! So i don't think i'll have to hide in any restaurant.

  8. As someone whose been given club seats a few times (not to Yankees games but other sporting events) I have to say it’s really hard to leave the area where they’re giving you free food and liquor, excellent views of the game and dozens of tv’s. Add to the fact that it was freezing yesterday, i don’t blame anyone for not sitting there.

  9. Oh yes, last observation — unlike Jeter's change of music, the change of the Great Subway Race is ABOMINABLE and whomever is responsible should be fired, post-haste. Also, was it always sponsored by Subway in the most-crass way possible? I don't recall that aspect, but I do recall it should be 4/B/D not Pinstripes/Grey/whatever.