April 3, 2009

Yanks take first game at new stadium

Three all-time Yankees homered and the four relievers were perfect for the final four innings in the first game at the new Yankee Stadium tonight.

Chien-Ming Wang gave up three runs in the first two innings, but Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui homered to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the third inning.  The Cubs tied it up at four in the fourth, but Cody Ransom's three-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the fourth gave the Yankees a 7-4 lead.

Wang pitched the fifth inning and then handed the ball off to Mariano Rivera, then to Jose Veras, then to Edwar Ramirez, and then to Jonathan Albaladejo.  The four relievers didn't allow a baserunner and struck out two in the process securing the Yankees first win at the new stadium.

Derek Jeter lived up to the hype as he led off the bottom of the first with a double, and went 2-for-2 with a walk for the game.

It always seems that in memorable games like these, the Yankees pride overpowers the opponent.  The last game at the old Yankee Stadium, Mariano Rivera got the final out.  

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