They won, Newsday has learned.
I'll tell you what, when I'm making my 2011 addendum to my 2012 blog entry about Opening Day...I'm going to remember the cold from this one. It had to be quite uncomfortable to play in this game, because it sure was uncomfortable to sit and watch it.
For my column tomorrow - and really, I'd appreciate it if you kept this to yourselves - I'm going to write about Curtis Granderson. Considering that he was a disabled-list candidate due to a strained oblique, he looked ready. With a homer off Tigers lefty Phil Coke - one of the players the Yankees traded for Granderson - he gave the Yankees a lead they didn't relinquish, while he also played excellent defense.
In all, it was about as good an Opening Day as the Yankees could have received. Notoriously slow starter Mark Teixeira crushed a three-run homer, and he joked, "I've been lobbying for years to move the start of the season to March," given how awful he usually is in April.
Joba Chamberlain picked up the win with a perfect seventh, newcomer Rafael Soriano contributed a 1-2-3 eighth and the Rivera guy closed it out with a perfect ninth.
CC Sabathia pitched well on this very trying day, essentially matching the efforts of his counterpart ace Justin Verlander of Detroit.
--The Rays announced a four-year extension for pitcher Wade Davis that could extend to seven years. An interesting risk for a pitcher who is highly regarded but not very accomplished at the big-league level. Tampa Bay usually gets these right.
(Thanks, Twitter. If I could give you an extension, I would.)
--My friend Joel Sherman's father is hospitalized, and he wrote a great piece here tying in Opening Day with his personal adversity. My thoughts are with Joel and his family.
--Have a great night.