Baltimore, MD—With the exception of a major injury, there aren't many worse ways that the New York Yankees could have started the season! With some questions about CC Sabathia's ribcage, the possibility of that injury is not out of the question.
The New York Yankees had extremely high hopes and expectations of Opening Day and how they wanted to start the 2009 season. With an extremely successful Spring Training, capped with the two-game sweep of the Cubs in their weekend exhibition, the Bombers looked to get out on the right foot.
This was not the performance that they were hoping for! The Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 10-5!
CC Sabathia, touted as the best free agent pitcher, had no control of his fastball or breaking ball as he pitched 4.1 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits while allowing five walks. The biggest stat for Sabathia, however, was that he had no strikeouts but left the game with a robust ERA of 12.46!
The other major superstar addition, Mark Teixeira, followed suit with a lackluster and forgettable performance of his own. He was 0-4 with a walk and four men left on base. Teixeira, who was loudly booed every time he came to bat, could not produce at the plate today!
There were some bright spots for the Bombers, in the loss, however as some of the veterans showed promise in their return. Both Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada had towering homeruns in their return from injuries. The Captain, Derek Jeter, had three hits and Johnny Damon added two of his own in defeat.
The Yankees got down early, rallied to make it interesting, but both Jeter and Teixeira grounded out with the tying runner on third base in the top of the eighth. The O's then broke it open with four runs in the bottom of the inning!
The biggest story was the pitching as the Yankees could not contain the O's! The top three batters for Baltimore; Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, and Nick Markakis combined to go 8-11 with four RBI and three walks.
The Yankees begin the season 0-1 and will look to get their first win of the season as they play at Baltimore again on Wednesday.