Happy Home Opener: Yankees 4, Baltimore 2

The Yankees home opener was special day for fans. The Core Four reunited for Derek Jeter’s last home opener, having Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera throw out the ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada, respectively. However, there was still a game to be played.

Hiroki Kuroda mixed up his pitches, throwing sliders, splitters and curve balls. He threw six good innings, but had a shaky seventh before the bullpen came in to finish the game. Kuroda gave up eight hits, two runs, struck out four and walked none.

Yangervis Solarte broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth on a single, continuing his hot start. Yankees managed to put together a couple of runs in the fifth on a single by Jacoby Ellsbury and a bases loaded walk to Kelly Johnson to make it 4-1.

Shawn Kelley earned his first save of the season in a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

The Good Stuff

- Solarte continues to get on base. He went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

- Alfonso Soriano seems to have broken away from his bad start, at least for a couple of games. He had two hits and a walk.

- Ellsbury has hit will in the third spot in order (in his short time there). He added two hits and an RBI today.

The Not So Good Stuff

- We were constantly reminded that is Jeter’s last everything.

- Ellsbury was caught stealing for the first time this season.

- Kuroda gave up three extra base hits, all doubles.

The Yankees used Kelley to close the game. David Robertson apparently has a pulled groin. He pitched three times (in four days), throwing 21 pitches in Sunday’s 6-4 win over Toronto.

Ivan Nova will start on Tuesday against Baltimore.

Susan Lulgjuraj has been a sports reporter for more than 10 years, covering the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Phillies, Little league and everything in between. Susan also grew up a New York Yankees fan and sat with the Bleacher Creatures for many years.

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