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Gary MarcheseAnalyst IApril 16, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 04:  Challenger the American bald Eagle lands on the pitches mound prior to the start of  the game between the  New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs on April 4, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees will play their first official game in the New Stadium this afternoon at 1 p.m. or around 1:15 p.m. to be more exact. There will be a big ceremony from 12-1 so for anyone going be in your seats at twelve noon. The Yankees finished up the first road trip of the season on a high winning their last two and going 5-4.

Here are some notes and then the lineup for the Yankees. Yankee Stadium is the first new AL park since Comerica Park in Detroit opened in 2000. CC Sabathia will be facing his old team for the first time. He was with the Indians from 1998 when he was drafted to last July when he was traded to Milwaukee. He had a record of 106-77 in 237 starts for the Indians.

There shouldn't be any doubt about Brian Bruney handling the eighth inning for now, in his last four-and-two-thirds innings he has allowed no runs, hits or walks, and has ten strikeouts. Cliff Lee the Cy Young award winner last year and Cleveland starter today is 3-3 with a 5.62 era career against the Yankees, he did beat them last July though throwing a seven inning shutout. I would throw that start out last year as we know how bad the Yankees struggled offensively with the injuries.

Robbie Cano looks like the All-Star version we figured he would always be hitting safely in eight of the first nine games. He has also looked good defensively, no lazy talk anymore. Nick Swisher has been on base exactly half of the time he has been up.

Everyone enjoy the festivities and hopefully the Yankees get another win on opening day. They haven't lost a home opener since 1997. Thanks to Peter Abraham for the information on his blog.

I forgot to post the lineup in my excitement so here it is:

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