User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Jeter, Yankees beat O's in home opener

NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter gave Yangervis Solarte some assistance with Yankee Stadium tradition, then the rookie helped make the captain a winner in his final home opener Monday as New York beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.

Jeter doubled high off the left-field wall and scored on Jacoby Ellsbury's first hit in pinstripes in the fifth. Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) pitched 6 1-3 sharp innings in the Yankees' 112th opener in New York.

In what manager Joe Girardi said would be a season-long lovefest for Jeter, the shortstop was cheered every step of the way by an adoring crowd of 48, 142 - even when his double-play grounder back to Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2) scored Solarte in the third inning for the first run.

Solarte, a career minor leaguer and non-roster invitee to spring training, continued a torrid start as the suspended Alex Rodriguez's replacement at third base with a go-ahead RBI single in the fourth inning.

Playing in his first game in the Bronx, Solarte needed Jeter to tell him to wave to the Bleacher Creatures when they chanted his name during pregame roll call.

The Orioles got RBI singles from Matt Wieters and Nelson Cruz in falling to 2-5. Adam Jones and Chris Davis struck out against Adam Warren with a runner on in the eighth and trailing 4-2.

Shawn Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save. Minutes later, the Yankees said closer David Robertson would be put on the disabled list with a strained groin.

After missing all but 17 games last season, Jeter announced Feb. 12 his 20th season would be his final one. His retirement tour started on the road, where New York went 3-3 against Houston and Toronto.

But Jeter, who went 1 for 4, has said the season doesn't really start until the Yankees have had their home opener, and to help celebrate the team brought together the five-time World Series champion Core Four. Recently retired teammates Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera threw ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada, who retired after 2011.

With an era coming to a close, change was evident everywhere.

Robertson moved into Rivera's locker. Carlos Beltran was given Robinson Cano's choice spot next to the door leading to the players' off-limits sanctuary.

And the only evidence that Rodriguez - banned for the year because of his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal - is still a member of the Yankees was in a new series of paintings hanging in the hallway leading to the clubhouse that celebrate New York's recent World Series championships.

A-Rod's nameplate was not above his locker and the new plush chair sitting in front of the stall did not have a No. 13 embroidered in the seatback.

Solarte scored New York's first run, starting the third with a walk after falling behind 0-2. He advanced to third when Brett Gardner, the only holdover starter from last year's opening-day lineup, lined a sharp single to center field and Jones was slow to get the ball into the infield. Solarte scored on Jeter's double-play ball back to Jimenez.

Solarte went 1 for 3 and is 9 for 20 this season with six RBIs.

The Orioles got the run right back in the fourth when Jones singled, moved to second when Gardner made a leaping catch in foul territory down the line in left on Davis' popup and scored on Wieters' single.

Leading 2-1, the Yankees chased Jimenez in the fifth after Brian Roberts walked to load the bases. But Zach Britton entered and walked Kelly Johnson to make it 4-1.

Jimenez yielded four runs and eight hits, walked five and struck out four in his second shaky start since signing a four-year contract in February.

NOTES: The Yankees improved to 14-2 in season openers Jeter played in. ... SS J.J. Hardy was not in the starting lineup for the second straight game because of back spasms. ''He's better than he was yesterday,'' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ... Orioles LHP Johan Santana (shoulder surgery) was set to throw a two-inning simulated game. ... Yogi Berra was at Yankee Stadium but did not participate in the pregame ceremony. Granddaughter Lindsay Berra tweeted a picture of him with Girardi, Posada and Reggie Jackson. ... Ellsbury had seven hits in the Yankees' opening road trip before putting on the home pinstripes.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2016
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Game 3 - Indians at Cubs
News: World Series MVP Odds
News: 2016 Playoff Results
Schwarber won't play field at Wrigley
Cubs fans take Amtrak through night
Manfred to meet with Indians owner
Schwarber's success no surprise to some
Former Ranger Tolleson becomes FA
Prof gives free pass to student for WS
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
MLB Hot Streaks
2-0 World Series, 8-1 +849 Run
12-4 +773 L16, +4,776 This Year
8-3 +739 L11, 21-9 +1,249 Streak
9-2 Last 11 MLB Totals
3-1 World Series, +3,026 TY
6-3 L9 Picks, 11-4 +756 G-Plays
7-3, +432 Last 10 Guarantees
6-2, +538 L8 MLB G-Plays
3-1 L4 G-Plays, +8,762 Net Profits TY
12-4, +764 Last 16 Win Streak
17-7 L24 G-Plays, +3,399 TY
4-2 Last 6 Playoff Picks
MLB Pro Baseball Expert Sports Picks - World Series Game 3 - Cleveland Indians at Chicago Cubs
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 8762
Jim Feist + 4776
John Fisher + 3399
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2314
Kevin Rogers + 1706
Jim Feist + 1480
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 3775
Jim Feist + 1536
John Fisher + 1515
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jim Feist + 3603
Antony Dinero + 3033
Micah Roberts + 2549
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Antony Dinero + 2922
Micah Roberts + 2673
James Manos + 2602
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2551
Mark Franco + 1570
Bill Marzano + 1455
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership