YANKEES (0-0) 2. Derek Sanderson Jeter SS 18. Johnny David Damon LF 25. Mark Charles Teixeira 1B 55. Hideki Matsui DH 20. Jorge Rafael de Posada Jr. C 24. Robinson Jose Cano 2B 22. Xavier Clifford Nady III RF 12. Bryan Cody Ransom 3B 11. Brett Michael Gardner CF Pitching: 52. Carsten Charles Sabathia LHP
ORIOLES (0-0) 1. Brian Roberts 2B 10. Adam Jones CF 21. Nick Markakis RF 6. Melvin Mora 3B 17. Aubrey Huff 1B 23. Ty Wigginton DH 30. Luke Scott LF 9. Gregg Zaun C 3. Cesar Izturis SS Pitching: 46. Jeremy Guthrie RHP
UPDATE, 4:14 p.m.: Smoky Joe Biden just threw out the first pitch. We⁈⁚re about to get underway.
UPDATE, 4:25 p.m.: We are underway. Enjoy the 2009 season everybody.
UPDATE, 4:28 p.m.: Jeter singled up the middle on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.
UPDATE, 4:29 p.m.: Tex really got booed then popped up a 2-0 pitch.
UPDATE, 4:31 p.m.: No wonder the Baltimore fans are so bitter. They just showed a highlight video of their offseason pickups. Felix Pie! Mark Hendrickson! Gregg Zaun! Koji Uehara! Cesar Izturis!
UPDATE, 4:34 p.m.: CC Sabathia missed outside and then allowed a sharp single up the middle. $161 million doesn⁈⁚t buy what it used to.
UPDATE, 4:35 p.m.: Um ⁈ ¦ he walked Jones on four pitches.
UPDATE, 4:44 p.m.: Another wild pitch. CC and Jorge seem to have trouble getting on the same page. Posada has made two trips to the mound. Runners on second and third and one put.
Now Mora grounds to third and Ransom throws Roberts out at the plate.
UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: CC squirms out of trouble.
UPDATE, 5:02 p.m.: Both Guthrie and CC had easy second innings. Still no score.
UPDATE, 5:05 p.m.: Gritty and gutty, Brett Gardner singles to lead off the third, driving a 2-2 pitch to left. Now he has to steal second to avoid the Jeter GIDP.
UPDATE, 5:07 p.m.: Jeter grounds to short ⁈ ¦ But Girardi had GGBG moving and the shortstop went to cover second. Gardner to third and the Yankees are in business.
UPDATE, 5:08 p.m.: Now there is some dumb baseball. Damon flies to left. Luke Scott lines up the ball and could have made a strong throw home. But instead Adam Jones pulls a Kelly Leak and cuts him off. As his momentum carried him to the side, Gardner scored without a throw.
1-0 Yankees. Tex just grounded feebly back to the pitcher as the whole place booed him. Man, they really hate the local product.
UPDATE, 5:21 p.m.: CC is just not pitching well. Isturis singled on a 3-1 pitch. Roberts walked. Then Jones drilled a two-run triple to the gap in right before Markakis delivered a sac fly. 3-1 O⁈⁚s.
CC appears to have lousy fastball command.
UPDATE, 5:30 p.m.: Turned out to be a nice day here. Shadows on the field now. Guthrie is closing in on 60 pitches here in the fourth inning. After a rocky spring training, he has pitched well today.
UPDATE, 5:39 p.m.: This is why they need a long man. Gregg Zaun drills one here and what then? Wear out Phil Coke?
UPDATE, 5:52 p.m.: Damon tripled and Tex walked with two outs in the fifth inning. But Matsui fouled out. Yankees have left six on base in five innings, two in scoring position.
UPDATE, 5:56 p.m.: Action in the Yankees⁈⁚ pen as CC allows a leadoff double by Roberts. Meanwhile a group of Yankees fans in front of the press box are getting liquored up and swearing at each other. It mystifies me why somebody would pay so much to get into a game and then get plastered.
UPDATE, 6:06 p.m.: Nice scoring in Baltimore. Ransom drops a ball out of his glove and they give Mora a hit.
CC should be out of the game. It⁈⁚s 5-1, he has nothing and he⁈⁚s at 93 pitches. Bases loaded and one out. Just a brutal start for him.
UPDATE, 6:11 p.m.: They intentionally walked Wigginton to load the bases with one out. CC got ahead of Luke Scott 0-2 then walked him. Now he⁈⁚s out. Just a disaster for his first game as a Yankee.
UPDATE, 6:16 p.m.: At least there⁈⁚s Brett Gardner. He just caught a fly ball and gunned down Mora at the plate. But the Yankees trail 6-1.
UPDATE, 6:22 p.m.: The final line for CC: 4.1 8 6 6 5 0. 2 wild pitches, 96 pitches / 50 strikes. Yeesh.
Meanwhile, Posasa homered, Cano walked and Nady doubled him in. Yankees trail 6-3.
UPDATE, 6:29 p.m.: Sabathia⁈⁚s last start without a strikeout was July 25, 2005 at Oakland. He lasted 2.1 innings that day, allowing eight runs.
UPDATE, 6:35 p.m.: Jeter is 3 for 3. Not sure what happened on that play with Nady but he went around third too far and got caught off the bag. Once again, troubles with base-running hurt the Yankees.
Teams lose. But that they⁈⁚re playing so poorly is a surprise.
UPDATE, 6;50 p.m.: Godzilla drills one after a Damon single. Now they trail 6-5. The Yankees own Chris Ray as I recall. Need to look that up.
UPDATE, 6:57 p.m.: I knew it. 16 games, 16 innings, 15 hits, 9 ER coming into today. Ray isn⁈⁚t quite Arthur Rhodes but he⁈⁚s close.
Yankees win this game?
UPDATE, 7:14 p.m.: Swisher hits for Ransom and doubles. Pena runs for him. Nice job by Swish. Yankees in business again.
You have Gardner bunt?
UPDATE, 7:16 p.m.: Yes, you do. Runner on third, one out for the captain. Will he tie it up? I would say so, he⁈⁚s Derek Jeter.
UPDATE, 7:17 p.m.: Not that time he wasn⁈⁚t as he grounds to third. Up to Damon.
UPDATE, 7:20 p.m.: What a moment, Tex up with runners on the corners and two outs. They⁈⁚ve been booing him like he⁈⁚s Robert Irsay all day. He⁈⁚s love to make them all eat it now.
UPDATE, 7:21 p.m.: Grounds into a force. 0 for 4 with a walk in his Yankee debut. Bad day for the newcomers.
UPDATE, 7:29 p.m.: Zaun doubles and Izturis homers. Now it⁈⁚s 8-5 and that should be that for the Yankees. Poor start to the season but it⁈⁚s one game. That the won⁈⁚t go 162-0 will send the usual suspects into a panic, I⁈⁚m sure.
UPDATE, 7:42 p.m.: Bruney is back to trying to throw the ball through a wall every time. Not sure why. His entire spring has been that way, more or less. What a workout Posada is getting today. Three wild pitches, now a fourth relief pitcher. Just a big mess.
UPDATE, 7:46 p.m.: I would not trust Damaso Marte in a big spot ever. He got three years?
10 runs on 14 hits, 7 walks and three wild pitches. Brutal.
UPDATE, 7:49 p.m.: Got to get down to the clubhouse, Back with some more later on.
Late comeback erased by Baltimore's four-run eighth
Lefty CC Sabathia did not record a strikeout in Monday's loss. (Susan Walsh/AP)
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
04/06/09 7:57 PM ET
Box >BALTIMORE -- CC Sabathia had a rough debut in his new uniform, knocked out in the fifth inning as the Yankees were outslugged by the Orioles on Opening Day at Camden Yards, 10-5. Making his first regular-season start after signing a seven-year, $161 million contract, the burly left-hander was roughed up for eight hits in 4 1/3 innings, lifted after forcing in Baltimore's sixth run with a bases-loaded walk. After Sabathia threw two wild pitches in his first inning as a Yankee, Adam Jones touched the lefty for a two-run triple in the third, ripping an inside fastball up the gap in right-center field. Nick Markakis followed with a sacrifice fly. Baltimore added three runs in a lengthy fifth inning, with two scoring on infield singles by Markakis and Melvin Mora. With first base open, the Yankees intentionally walked Ty Wigginton to load the bases, and Sabathia got ahead of Luke Scott, 0-2, before losing him on a walk, forcing in Baltimore's sixth run. Sabathia walked five in the 96-pitch outing, turning in just his fifth career start without recording a strikeout and his first since July 19, 2005. The Yankees touched right-hander Jeremy Guthrie for three runs on seven hits over six innings. New York scored its first run in the third inning, as Brett Gardner singled and moved to third when Derek Jeter punched a hit through the left side. Johnny Damon lifted a sacrifice fly to bring Gardner home. Jorge Posada cracked a 420-foot solo home run, his first, leading off the sixth, and Xavier Nady drilled an RBI double on fan interference. Hideki Matsui greeted Chris Ray with a two-run homer in the seventh to close the gap to one run, but Cesar Izturis belted a two-run homer off Phil Coke in the eighth and Huff greeted Damaso Marte with a two-run double to seal the game.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
That⁈⁚s what Joe Girardi had to say. He didn⁈⁚t seem overly concerned with the events of the day. CC Sabathia could not command his fastball and as a result he gave up six runs. Over the course of the season, that⁈⁚s going to happen four or five times.
In terms of specifics ⁈ ¦
Mark Teixeira said he was expecting the boos. But they were particularly loud today. That the local hero turned down his hometown team doesn⁈⁚t sit well with the Baltimoreans. But why in the world would he have signed here in the first place?
Xavier Nady was waved around third by Rob Thomson, who thought that ball in the sixth inning was getting through. By the time he put up the stop sign, Nady had his head down and was running.
The Yankees left 11 runners on base, at least one in every inning. ⁈Å"It seemed like there were a bunch of times we were about to take the lead,⁈ Johnny Damon said.
Nice start for Brett Gardner, who was 1 for 3 with a sacrifice and threw a runner out at the plate. Ramiro Pena made his debut and Nick Swisher came off the bench with a double. Hideki Matsui ripped one and Jorge Posada was on base three times and caught nine innings.
It⁈⁚ll get better. It can⁈⁚t get much worse than today.
Thanks to everybody for reading today and sorry for the occasional technical issues. Lots of traffic today as you might expect
Gail Burton/Associated PressBaltimore's Adam Jones gets past the tag of the Yankees' Cody Ransom, right, to score in the fifth inning of their opening day game in Baltimore.
BALTIMORE -- Talk about a brutal first day.
The New York Yankees spent a combined $341 million for the services of pitcher CC Sabathia and first baseman Mark Teixeira, believing both to be key additions to what they hope will be a championship season. But on Opening Day against the Baltimore Orioles, Sabathia got rocked and Teixeira hardly made an impact, all while being booed harshly in his own hometown.
The end result: a 10-5 Yankees' loss on a day that started with so much anticipation but ended with a massive letdown.
The Yankees will have 161 more chances to get it right. But on this milestone first day, the new-look Yankees did few things well. Sabathia failed to spot his fastball, and struggled with his command overall, walking five while failing to record a single strikeout. He allowed eight hits and six earned runs while inciting an injury scare.
Television cameras caught Sabathia applying a heat pad to his ribs between innings, though he said after the game the pad was used simply to help keep him warm. Manager Joe Girardi, who never saw the pitcher use a heat pad the spring, and said he didn't notice it in the dugout on Monday night, said Sabathia was fine health-wise. Perhaps that was the one sliver of good news on a bad day.
"It was definitely disappointing, it being Opening Day and trying to set the tone and having it end up the way it did," Sabathia said.
Still, Teixeira might have one-upped Sabathia in the unofficial "Worst First Day, Ever" contest. Orioles fans, still irate that the Severna Park, Md. native chose to sign with the Yankees instead of the Orioles, harassed Teixeira as if he had stood in the batter's box and set fire to a Johnny Unitas jersey.
"I would expect no less," said Teixeira, who spent his childhood going to Orioles games.
Teixeira downplayed the fan reaction. When it was suggested that the fans were "angry" he called them "passionate." Teixeira even said he's been booed louder during other parts of his career. (Highly doubtful). Still, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was at its loudest when Teixeira came to bat. Some fans in the front row waved money in the air as they chanted "sell out."
Even Joe Girardi admitted he was surprised by the harshness of the reception.
"I guess it's a new way to describe 'boo bird,'" Girardi said. "I guess they were upset he didn't come here. That's baseball. It seemed like it got momentum as time went one. But he'll get used to that."
With the heat on him, Teixeira went hitless in four at-bats. He drew a walk.
The Orioles built a 6-1 lead off Sabathia but the Yankees came within one run after posting a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
But the Yankees bullpen -- which also didn't have a very good night -- allowed the Orioles to score six four runs in the eighth. Phil Coke and Brian Bruney each surrendered two runs. Coke, however, threw better than his line would indicate while Bruney was every bit as bad.
Orioles ruin CC Sabathia's debut, crush Yankees, 10-5
Monday, April 6th 2009
C.C. Sabathia flops in his debut for the Yankees, who lose 10-5 at Baltimore on Monday.
BALTIMORE - CC Sabathia and the new-look Yankees absorbed an old-fashioned beating on opening day.
Sabathia allowed six runs and failed to get through the fifth inning in his first start with the Bombers, and the Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 on Monday.
After missing a postseason for the first time since 1993, the Yankees spent $423.5 million on free agents Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Mark Teixeira during the offseason. Sabathia got a $161 million, seven-year deal, but the left-hander hardly looked like an ace against the Orioles, who finished last in the AL East in 2008 - their 11th straight losing season.
hey big guy crappy game thought but is just game one. i cant beleive so many ppl jump on cc. hey is one start dats not the cc we all saw in spring training. and he has great control during the spring. maybe is one of those days he doesnt have it. wat do u think
Lousy game by most of them. CC had a terrible start last year. Let's hope he wakes up next start. I wouldn't worry about what some of the people on here say. There are a bunch of people who do nothing but complain anyway.