TORONTO -- With an 0-2 start now firmly in the rearview mirror, the New York Yankees are looking forward to heading home for what's likely to be a memorable opener in the Bronx.
CC Sabathia pitched six innings for his first victory of the season, Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run and the Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Sunday afternoon, winning their first series of the season and evening their record at 3-3.
Jeter has said 2014 will be his final season, making this his last opening day at Yankee Stadium.
"I think it will be awesome," Sabathia said. "It's going to be something special. To have Andy and Mo coming back, I think it will be a lot of fun."
Sabathia (1-1) allowed four runs and seven hits, walked none and struck out six, bouncing back from Tuesday's opening day loss at Houston, when he allowed six runs and eight hits, including two home runs, in six innings.
"He was down in the zone, his ball was sinking like it was supposed to, his changeup was good, his slider was good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I was encouraged."
The left-hander was taken deep again Sunday when Melky Cabrera connected in the first inning. The homer was Cabrera's third of the season and third this series.
Maicer Izturis followed with an infield single but was erased on a fielder's choice. Sabathia retired 16 of the next 17 hitters before running into trouble in the sixth.
The Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead against Toronto's Drew Hutchison in the first with just one hit, taking advantage of two walks and a hit batter. Ellsbury collected his first RBI with a groundout and Kelly Johnson drove in two runs with a double.
"It took the pressure off, kind of let everybody breathe a little bit," Johnson said of the early outburst.
Gardner hit New York's first home run of the season, ending a five-game drought, with a two-run shot off Hutchison in the fourth.
"I don't think anybody bet on that," Gardner joked. "Good to get the first one out of the way. I've got a feeling we'll hit a couple in New York."
Hutchison (1-1) pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings to beat Tampa Bay on Tuesday, but couldn't duplicate that success against the Yankees. He allowed six runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings, walked three and struck out six.
"He has been off a little bit," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "Even down in Tampa the other night, he pitched a nice ball game but he wasn't locating like he normally does."
Jeter had two hits, moving into sole possession of eighth place on baseball's career list. Jeter's single to right in the fourth was the 3,320th hit of his career, breaking a tie with Paul Molitor.
"It's special," Jeter said. "I grew up watching Paul, I played against him briefly and I have a lot of respect for him and his career."
Next on the list is Carl Yastrzemski, with 3,419.
New York's Alfonso Soriano got his first hit of the season and snapped a 0 for 17 slump with a leadoff single in the fifth.