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Gameday Post #2: Detroit Tigers at Yankees

The Yankees kicked off the season with a convincing 6-3 win over the Tigers on Opening Day. Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson each hit key HRs that put the Yankees in the lead; Teixeira’s shot came in the 3rd inning off Justin Verlander and Granderson’s blast came in the 7th inning off former Yankee Phil Coke. While not at his sharpest, CC Sabathia still pitched a solid game for the Bombers. The ace went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) while striking out seven Tigers. Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera combined for three perfect innings of relief to help seal the victory.
Today, A.J. Burnett takes the hill for the Yankees as he looks to put a disappointing 2010 season behind him. He will be opposed by former Marlins teammate Brad Penny, looking to continue where he left off last season with the St. Louis Cardinals with a solid effort today.

*****

A.L. EAST STANDINGS

NEW YORK……..1-0

Baltimore……….1-0

Toronto………….1-0

Boston……………0-1 (1.0 GB)

Tampa Bay………0-1 (1.0 GB)

DATE: Saturday, April 2nd

TIME: 4:10pm

TV/RADIO: FOX, WCBS 880, WADO 1280 (Spanish)

PITCHING PROBABLES

DET: Brad Penny (0-0, -.– ERA)

NYY: A.J. Burnett (0-0, -.– ERA)

PITCHING PREVIEW (from MLB.com)

Brad Penny (DET): Penny will make his Tigers debut hoping to duplicate the early season success he enjoyed last year in St. Louis — he posted seven straight quality starts — before a late May lat injury shelved him for the final four months.

Penny vs. Yankees

A.J. Burnett (NYY): Burnett is being challenged to rebound from a season in which he set career highs in losses, runs allowed, earned runs, ERA and hit batsmen. He set a franchise mark for highest ERA in a season with at least 180 innings pitched.

Burnett vs. Tigers

LINEUPS

Tigers (0-1)

Jackson CF
Rhymes 2B
Ordonez RF
Cabrera 1B
Martinez DH
Boesch LF
Peralta SS
Avila C
Inge 3B

Yankees (1-0)

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Rodriguez 3B
Cano 2B
Swisher RF
Posada DH
Granderson CF
Martin C

MILESTONE TRACKER

Derek Jeter: 0-2, R, RBI — 74 hits from 3,000

Mariano Rivera: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 K, SV — 40 saves from 600, 42 from all-time saves record

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