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The dollars of Yankees' Opening Day starting lineups

New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli knocks in two

New York Yankees Francisco Cervelli knocks in two runs in the 4th inning of Opening Day to cut the Red Sox's lead to 4-2. (April 1, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara)

One game does not a baseball season make. But it does create outrageously small sample sizes, high anxiety for some fans and easy-to-mathematical comparisons and equations.

So here's one for you: a look at the salaries for the Yankees' starting lineups on Opening Day in 2013 and 2012.

What does it prove? Nothing, really, seeing how they lost both of those games and are 1-4 on Opening Day in the past five years.

2013 Yankees opening day lineup and salary

Brett Gardner -- $2,850,000

Eduardo Nunez -- $533,300

Robinson Cano -- $15,000,000

Kevin Youkilis -- $12,000,000

Vernon Wells -- $24,642,857

Ben Francisco -- $1,100,000

Ichiro Suzuki -- $6,500,000

Jayson Nix -- $900,000

Francisco Cervelli -- $515,350

Total: $64,041,507

2012 Yankees opening day lineup and salary

Derek Jeter -- $16,000,000

Curtis Granderson -- $10,000,000

Robinson Cano -- $14,000,000

Alex Rodriguez -- $30,000,000

Mark Teixeira -- $23,125,000

Nick Swisher -- $10,250,000

Raul Ibanez -- $1,100,000

Russell Martin -- $7,500,000

Brett Gardner -- $2,800,000

Total: $114,775,000

That's a difference of more than $50,000,000 thanks in large part to injuries to four of the first five hitters from the 2012 season.

(Note: These numbers do not take into account portions of contracts being paid by other teams. But if you want to see more 2013 baseball salaries, you should enjoy newsday.com/mlbsalary.)

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