Welcome to the first regular season game thread of 2014! So the season is finally beginning as is the long, drawn out good-bye to Derek Jeter. Hopefully, it will be a nice farewell tour like Mariano Rivera had last year and doesn't resemble the farewell of someone on his last legs - I'm looking at you Willie Mays.
Tonight's pitching matchup is between CC Sabathia, who is trying to rebound from an awful 2013 and Scott Feldman, who signed a three-year deal to be the big guy in the Astros' rotation. He is making only his second career Opening Day start. For Sabathia, this will be his sixth Opening Day start as a Yankee. He's an expert at this sort of thing. Let's hope it's better than last year's Opening Day.
YANKEES Ellsbury CF Jeter SS Beltran RF McCann C Teixeira 1B Soriano DH Gardner LF Roberts 2B Johnson 3B
ASTROS Fowler CF Grossman LF Altuve 2B Castro C Guzman 1B Carter DH Dominguez 3B Hoes RF Villar SS
Things to watch:
- Sabathia's velocity and control.
- How Jeter hits in the number two spot.
- How the new guys - McCann, Ellsbury and Beltran - do in their Yankee debuts.
Tonight's game can be seen on the YES Network and on MLB Network in New York and on CSN and MLB Network in Houston and can be heard on WFAN 660/101.9 FM and WADO 1280 in New York and on KBME 790 and KLAT 1010 in Houston.
Enjoy the game and go Yankees!