By the time Brett Gardner fouled out to Will Middlebrooks and ended the game, most of the seats at Yankee Stadium were empty.
On what began as a sunny 62-degree afternoon, the vast majority of the sellout crowd of 49,514 left after New York fell behind or when rain started to fall in the top of the ninth inning.
For the first time since their 1982 start was postponed five days because of a snow storm, the Yankees lost a season opener at home. For the first time since 1961, the Yankees lost a season opener at home by six or more runs.
''It was ugly out there weather-wise. That got the crowd out of it,'' Kevin Youkilis said.
Ugly day. Ugly start.
These no-name Yankees hope it's not an ugly year.
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