Baltimore - 2009 Opening Day by staff at baseballhistorian.com
The Baltimore Orioles knocked newly signed C.C. Sabathia out of the game in the 5th inning in his first start after the $161 million free agent was crushed for 8 hits, yielded 5 bases on balls and 6 earned runs in 4.1 innings. Baltimore's leadoff hitter Brian Roberts lined 3 hits, including a double scored twice in 4 at bats. Speedy centerfielder Adam Jones also had 3-hits , including a triple, scored three times and had 2 RBIs. Shortstop Cesar Izturis, batting 9th in the Orioles lineup, lined a 2-run home run, and a single, scored 2 runs, 2 RBIs in 4 at bats.
Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (10-12 with a 3.63 in 2008) picked up the win with a strong effort. In 6 innings, he allowed 7-hit and 3 runs.
Derek the Great Jeter had 3 singles in 5 trips to the plate as Yankees manager Joe Girardi's leadoff hitter. Derek Jeter, the Yankees captain, made two outstanding defensive plays at shortstop. New York's centerfielder Johnny Damon, batting 2nd, lined a single up the middle and legged a triple, plus walked in 4 trips to the plate. Site designed and hosted by Balazs Enterprises Inc