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Infielder Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees (Credit: Getty Images)

Infielder Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees warms up just before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (April 8, 2012)

Yankees opening weekend 2012

The Yankees dropped the first two games of their 2012 opening-weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees fouls
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Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees fouls off a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, right,
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, right, comes up with the ball hit by the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano before throwing to second base to get the out on the Yankees' Curtis Granderson, left, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

Outfielder Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay
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Outfielder Ben Zobrist #18 of the Tampa Bay Rays cannot get to this fly ball against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (April 8, 2012)

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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, left,
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, left, gets the out at first base on the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter following Jeter's grounder to second base in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes delivers
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes delivers in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson delivers
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson delivers in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

Infielder Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays
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Infielder Carlos Pena of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds the bases after his home run against the New York Yankees during the game at Tropicana Field. (April 8, 2012)

Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays brings brooms
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Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays brings brooms as the Rays sweep the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (April 8, 2012)

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Infielder Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees
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Infielder Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees warms up just before the start of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (April 8, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, left,
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Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena, left, comes up with a ball hit by New York Yankees' Robinson Cano before throwing to second base to get the out on Curtis Granderson, right, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 8, 2012)

Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York
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Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees tags out infielder Reid Brignac #15 of the Tampa Bay Rays during a pickoff. (April 7, 2012)

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York
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Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees ducks a flying bat and tumbles off the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

Outfielder Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York
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Outfielder Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees rounds third base and scores a run in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

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Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay
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Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays starts against the New York Yankees. (April 7, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce, right, runs past
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Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Joyce, right, runs past New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 7, 2012)

Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees bobbles a ball
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Eduardo Nunez of the Yankees bobbles a ball in the infield against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York
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Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees slides into second base for a force out against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York
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Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees starts against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

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Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York
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Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees starts against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees
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Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees ducks from an inside pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

Outfielder Desmond Jennings #8 of the Tampa Bay
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Outfielder Desmond Jennings #8 of the Tampa Bay Rays steals second base against the New York Yankees. (April 7, 2012)

Infielders Alex Rodriguez #13 and Mark Teixeira #25
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Infielders Alex Rodriguez #13 and Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees collide while fielding a popup. (April 7, 2012)

New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, of
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New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, of Japan, throws to home plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (April 7, 2012)

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price throws
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price throws to home plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees. (April 7, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac knocks down
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Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Reid Brignac knocks down a single hit up the middle by New York Yankees' Derek Jeter during the first inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 7, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena is swarmed by
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Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena is swarmed by teammates after hitting the game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning. (April 6, 2012)

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera walks off the field
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Yankees closer Mariano Rivera walks off the field after giving up a game-winning RBI single to Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena in the bottom of the ninth inning. (April 6, 2012)

Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena watches the flight
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Tampa Bay Rays' Carlos Pena watches the flight of the ball after hitting a grand-slam home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees in St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 6, 2012)

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The Tampa Bay Rays raise their 2011 Wild
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The Tampa Bay Rays raise their 2011 Wild Card Banner just before the start of the Opening Day game against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York
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The Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees line up for the National Anthem just before the start of the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays
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CC Sabathia pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

Curtis Granderson catches a fly ball against the
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Curtis Granderson catches a fly ball against the Tampa Bay Rays during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

James Shields throws the first pitch to Derek
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James Shields throws the first pitch to Derek Jeter during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

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James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches
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James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the New York Yankees during the Opening Day game at Tropicana Field. (April 6, 2012)

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