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Five Gameday Questions

How does Hideki Matsui look in red? 

Hideki Matsui's final game as a Yankee was arguably his best.  Despite the move across country, he picked up right where he left off in the World Series and is hitting .370 with two home runs and five RBIs.  He returns in unfamiliar colors to face the Yankees for the first time but will get a nice ovation when he is announced.  


Will we see the Mark Teixeira of Saturday or Sunday?

Teixeira has gone hitless in five of six games in the early going.  It seemed that he found his stroke on Saturday after going 3-for-4 with an RBI, but followed that up with an 0-for-4, three strikeout performance.  Teixeira has decent numbers against Angels righty Ervin Santana (6-for-23, four walks, one home run, seven RBI).  The guess here is a multi-hit game for Tex.


Will the "Core Four" wear all five of their rings on the same hand?  Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, two guys with only four free fingers between them thanks to a combined 16 rings, will be on hand to give the Yankees their 2009 championship rings.  Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, and Jorge Posada each collect their fifth ring.  Others, like Alex Rodriguez, have the convenience of 10 fingers to choose from.


Will A-rod take one step closer to number 600?  

A-Rod put the first pitch he saw last season into the seats at Camden Yards.  This season, not so much.  He is off to a slow start (.259, zero home runs, four RBIs) but he does has two home runs off Ervin Santana in 22 at-bats.  His return to home-run friendly Yankee Stadium - where A-Rod hit 18 of his 30 home runs last season - could be the perfect venue for his first of the season and 584th of his career.


Will Andy Pettitte’s Opening Day dominance at Yankee Stadium continue?

It was April 9th, 1996 when a 24-year-old Andy Pettitte took the mound in a near blizzard for his first opening day start at Yankee Stadium.  Pettitte has gone 3-0 in Opening Day starts at Yankee Stadium and hopes to continue that trend today.  A look at Pettitte's numbers in his three wins

April 9, 1996 -- Yankees 7, Royals 3: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 ER, 6 K

April 5, 2002 -- Yankees 4, Devil Rays 0: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 6 K

April 8, 2003 -- Yankees 7, Twins 3: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 2 K

Pettitte struggled against the Angels in 2009 (0-2, 7.88 ERA in three starts) but with his Opening Day history and the run support the Yankees will provide, he should add yet another Opening Day victory.   

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