New York Yankees (0-1) 6 — Tampa Bay Rays (1-0) 7
Opening Day of the 2012 season has come and gone and for the Yankees, it will be a tough 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays that included some poor hitting with runners on and a questionable early decision.
CC Sabathia took the mound for the Yankees and did not appear to have his best. In his 6 innings of work, he gave up 8 hits and 5 runs. Two of the 8 hits were home runs. One of the home runs was notably after an intentional walk of shortstop Sean Rodriguez, a player not known for his bat. First baseman Carlos Pena made Sabathia pay for the walk with a grand slam in the 1st inning.
New Yankees designated hitter Raul Ibanez put the Yankees ahead in the 3rd inning with a three-run home run. Ibanez also brought in another run on a ground out to bring his total to 4 runs today.
Mariano Rivera came into close the game after Rafael Soriano’s smooth 7th inning and a Houdini 8th by David Robertson. Rivera gave up a leadoff single to o...