A tidbit before I go into the game summary.
The Yankees have won nine straight games and 18 of their last 20. Counting the games against Team USA and Team Canada, they are 23-12-1 this spring.
The Yankees won their first game in the new Yankee Stadium last night, defeating the Chicago Cubs 7-4.
I couldn’t think of no one better in today’s generation of Yankee stars than Derek Jeter to deliver the first Yankee hit. It was a double in the bottom of the first. The first Yankee to hit a home run was Robinson Cano. Of course, all of this is an exhibition game statistic. Wait until April 16 to see the official statistic for the Yankees in their new ballpark.
Now on to the game summary…
Derek Jeter logged the first Yankees hit, doubling down the left-field line in the first inning. Robinson Cano belted the first home run in the new ballpark, connecting on a 1-1 pitch in the second inning — his fourth of the spring. In the third, Hideki Matsui joined with a two-run homer just inside the right-field foul pole, and Cody Ransom clanged a three-run homer off the left-field pole in the fourth inning.
Chien-Ming Wang hurled five innings in the start, allowing four runs on six hits. Wang walked two and struck out three, throwing 71 pitches (43 strikes) in a tuneup for next Wednesday at Baltimore. Mariano Rivera made a rare mid-game appearance in the Bronx to hurl a perfect fifth inning, striking out one.