Derek Jeter seemed the logical choice to throw the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day, but the retired shortstop said he wasn't available, a source said Monday. Former manager Joe Torre was given the honor.
Torre, who received one of the day's loudest ovations when he walked to the mound to deliver the first pitch to catcher Brian McCann, also was scheduled to receive the "Pride of the Yankees" award at the team's welcome home dinner Monday night.
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It is not yet known if Jeter will be at Yankee Stadium when former teammates Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada have their numbers retired on separate occasions this season.
Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, both of whom retired after the 2013 season, caught ceremonial first pitches thrown by Jeter and Posada at the 2014 home opener.
Joe Girardi isn't concerned with mostly dire preseason predictions for his team.
"Predictions really don't mean anything unless they come true," he said. "So you have to go out and compete, you have to go out and play the games, and that's the only thing that's going to determine where we land and who was right and who was wrong."
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Of the five players who made their Yankees debuts, four were relievers: Chris Martin, Chasen Shreve, David Carpenter and Justin Wilson. Martin, who struck out the side in the fifth, Shreve and Carpenter combined to retire 12 of 13 batters from the fifth through the eighth. "To get all those guys in there, and some new guys that haven't pitched at Yankee Stadium, I thought they fared pretty well," Girardi said.
The Yankees lost on Opening Day for the fourth straight year, their longest streak since losing four straight from 1982-85. They fell to 1-6 on Opening Day since 2009.
The Yankees' three hits were their fewest on Opening Day since they got three in a 4-2 loss at Kansas City on April 3, 1984.
"You want to come out here and you want to swing the bats well," said McCann, who went 1-for-4. "But it didn't happen."
CC Sabathia took over Jeter's locker, a prime piece of home clubhouse real estate located closest to the exit . . . The Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison improved to 4-4 with a 4.15 ERA in eight career starts against the Yankees. He is 3-1 with a 1.90 ERA in his last four starts against them.