Jorge Posada will make 1st pitch in home opener

Jorge Posada smiles during a news conference where

Jorge Posada smiles during a news conference where he announced his retirement, at Yankee Stadium. (Jan. 24, 2012) (Credit: AP )

BALTIMORE -- Jorge Posada is making his Bronx return sooner than some thought.

The Yankees announced Wednesday that the catcher, who retired after last season when the only club he ever played for professionally made it clear he wouldn't be coming back, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Friday's home opener against the Angels.

"I'm surprised but everybody's different," Mariano Rivera said of Posada agreeing so soon after retiring.

The closer said he hasn't seen Posada since he retired and is looking forward to the reception he receives.

"I think he's going to be very emotional, knowing Jorge," Rivera said. "But he'll be happy. I'll be happy to see him and the fans will be happy to see him."

Derek Jeter also mentioned the fans. "It will be a nice moment for him," Jeter said. "I'm sure he'll get a pretty good ovation."

Jeter laughed and said "he has to," when asked if Posada will throw from atop the mound rather than in front. "He just stopped playing," Jeter said.

The Yankees did not say whom Posada will throw the pitch to, though Rivera volunteered. "I would like to," Rivera said. "I won't get the chance but it would be nice."

No clues from Mo

Rivera smiled when asked if he might soak in the pomp and circumstance of the home opener a little longer than in previous years. Rivera hinted during spring training that this season will be his last, though he never explicitly said so.

"You guys are amazing," he smiled. "I knew it was coming . . . but I always look at every home opener like it's my first one.''

It's not all that bad

Entering Wednesday night, Alex Rodriguez was hitting .158 and Mark Teixeira .150. Joe Girardi said both are having good at-bats, "even though the results not what you want sometimes."

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