CC Sabathia pitches well, the offense does just enough and Raefael Soriono and Mariano Rivera shut the door. A formula that the Yankees hope works for them just about every day for the next seven months. If it does, maybe the Yankees will go 162-0.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, Mark Teixiera cracked a three run blast to the upper deck in right to give the Yankees the lead. For Teixiera the homer was very important. In years past, the first baseman has been known to get off to sluggish starts in the month of April.
Granted this game was played in March, but the start to 2011 should serve Teixiera fine, and give him a boost of confidence moving forward.
Sabathia was just ok. He didn't have his overpowering stuff, but neither did Justin Verlander, as both pitchers worked their way through six innings.
The Tigers came back to tie the game, on an RBI hit by Brandon Inge in the fourth, and a RBI sac fly by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth.
Once Verlander left, the Yankees teed off on the Detroit bullpen.
Former Tiger Curtis Granderson lifted a 2-0 pitch from former Yankee Phil Coke into the right field bleachers to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead.
After adding insurance runs in the seventh inning, Rafael Soriano shut down the Tigers in the eighth before giving way to the great Mariano Rivera who took it home for save number one.
So even though it was a bitterly cold day in the Boogie Down, it was a great start to the season for the Bronx Bombers.