The New York Yankees have started their 2011-2012 campaign off on the right foot. On Thursday, the Yankees celebrated this season’s Opening Day with a 6-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. New York has not been victorious in their season opener since 2008, but this year the team was able to halt their two year Opening Day losing streak.
Many Yankee players contributed to Thursday’s win, notably Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and CC Sabathia. Despite his normal beginning of the season slump, Teixeira hit a clutch 3 run homer in the third inning on Opening Day. This spring Teixeira worked with hitting coach Kevin Long, and his improvements are apparent.
Lefty CC Sabathia also had a strong presence in Thursday’s game. He pitched well against the Tigers’ line-up, only allowing three runs on six hits in six innings. Before he left the game, CC struck out seven batters and only walked two. Sabathia said, “I made some pitches when I had to. I got into tough spots and was able to minimize the damage.”
Finally, Curtis Granderson deserves much of the credit for the Yanks’ defeat over the Tigers as well. In his center field position, Granderson made three important catches, including one in the ninth inning to finalize the Yankees’ win. In the seventh-inning Granderson put the Yankees ahead of the Tigers for the rest of the game with a homer off of Phil Coke.
All weekend long is calendar weekend at Yankee Stadium. All fans who attend this weekend’s Yankees vs. Detroit Tiger games will receive a free calendar. The New York Yankees will continue their opening weekend against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
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