The Yankees are back in the Bronx for the first time since Mariano Rivera's final game back in September of 2014. After a six-game road trip to start the season, the Yankees finally get a chance to sleep in their own beds and play in their own ballpark, starting with the home opener today against the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 pm ET.
The six-game trip started in Houston last week, with the Yankees losing two of three games against the Astros. Then they shipped up to Toronto, where the Yankees were actually able to win the series, taking two of the three games from the Blue Jays.
It wasn't until the fourth inning of yesterday's 6-4 victory that the Yankees hit their first homerun of the season, and it came from a very unlikely source -- Brett Gardner.
With the Bombers being back in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, you would think that the power will begin to come out a little more this week.
Today will be the final home opener for Derek Jeter, because -- in case you missed it -- he's retiring at the end of the season. It's certainly be a special day, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said during his pre-game press conference this morning that he expects Jeter to get a long standing ovation before his first at-bat.
Today's lineup vs Baltimore:
- Brett Gardner LF
- Derek Jeter SS
- Jacoby Ellsbury CF
- Carlos Beltran RF
- Brian McCann C
- Alfonso Soriano DH
- Brian Roberts 2B
- Kelly Johnson 1B
- Yangervis Solarte 3B
Pitching matchup preview: Hiroki Kuroda vs Ubaldo Jimenez
Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound for the Yankees today, trying to win his first win of the season a day after CC Sabathia claimed victory for the first time in 2014. Kuroda took the loss in his first start last week against the Astros, as the Yankees fell 3-1.
Kuroda pitched well in the loss, tossing six inning of two-run ball, permitting just three hits, but as it has been throughout his career, the Yankees were unable to give him any run support, scoring just one run -- and it wasn't even with Kuroda in the game.
Kuroda faced the Orioles four time last season, goig 1-2 with an ERA of 3.38.
The O's will be sending Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound Monday afternoon. Jimenez is coming off of a loss to the Boston Red Sox in his first start of the season.
Jimenez is 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA in four career outings against the Yankees, including a 1-1 mark with a 4.15 ERA in two starts at Yankee Stadium.