1:05 PM ET, April 2, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Carl Pavano didn't get the win in his first start since 2005, but the Yankees did, beating the Rays thanks to three RBIs from Jason Giambi and a two-run home run from Alex Rodriguez.
• Turning point: Giambi singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.
• Figure this: The Devil Rays fielded the youngest Opening Day lineup since the 1983 Minnesota Twins.
• Quotable: "That was probably one of the single hardest things I've had to do in my life." -- Giambi on taking part in the Cory Lidle tribute before the game.
• Elias Says: Pavano, who last pitched in the majors on June 27, 2005, was the Yankees' Opening Day starting pitcher. No pitcher has started on Opening Day with such a long gap since he last played in the majors since 1956.
--ESPN.com news services
Yankees 9, Devil Rays 5
Lidle's parents and twin brother also stood near the Yankees' dugout during the pregame tribute. The family stayed for the game and watched from a suite. ... The average age of players in Tampa Bay's lineup was 24.79. ... Jeter committed one of New York's three errors.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 10-8 (as of Mon 4/2)|
|» Mon 4/2||@NYY 9, TB 5||Box Score|
|Thu 4/5||TB 7, @NYY 6||Recap|
|Mon 4/23||@TB 10, NYY 8||Recap|
|Tue 4/24||@TB 6, NYY 4||Recap|
|Thu 7/12||NYY 7, @TB 3||Recap|
|Fri 7/13||@TB 6, NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/14||NYY 6, @TB 4||Recap|
|Sun 7/15||NYY 7, @TB 6||Recap|
|Fri 7/20||TB 14, @NYY 4||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@NYY 7, TB 3||Recap|
|Sat 7/21||@NYY 17, TB 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/22||@NYY 21, TB 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/31||TB 9, @NYY 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/1||@NYY 9, TB 6||Recap|
|Sun 9/2||TB 8, @NYY 2||Recap|
|Tue 9/25||@TB 7, NYY 6||Recap|
|Wed 9/26||NYY 12, @TB 4||Recap|
|Thu 9/27||NYY 3, @TB 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Devil Rays | Yankees|
|1st||J Giambi singled to center, J Damon and B Abreu scored.||0||2|
|TB||2nd||B Upton singled to center, A Iwamura scored, E Dukes to third, B Upton to second advancing on throw.||1||2|
|4th||J Posada homered to right center.||1||3|
|TB||5th||E Dukes homered to center.||2||3|
|TB||5th||C Crawford singled to right, B Upton scored, C Crawford to second on throwing error by first baseman J Phelps.||3||3|
|TB||5th||R Baldelli singled to left, C Crawford scored.||4||3|
|TB||5th||D Young singled to left, R Baldelli scored.||5||3|
|6th||D Jeter singled to center, J Posada and R Cano scored, M Cabrera to second.||5||5|
|7th||J Giambi singled to right, A Rodriguez scored.||5||6|
|8th||B Abreu singled to left center, D Mientkiewicz scored, B Abreu to second advancing on throw.||5||7|
|8th||A Rodriguez homered to center, B Abreu scored.||5||9|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||55,035 (111.9% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||48 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|