Bomber Bites for April 2


Mandatory Credit: Chad R. MacDonald.

  1. Opening Day Letdown: CC Sabathia started the night flat and the Yankee defense was poor at best for the first game of the season.  The Astros got ahead early, scoring six runs in the first two innings, and never looked back winning the game easily 6-2.
  2. Nunez DFA: Before the game the Yankees designated Eduardo Nunez for assignment.  This was done to make room for Yangervis Solarte on the 40 man roster.  The team now has ten days to trade, release or waive the infielder.  Possible landing spots via trade include the Tigers, Blue Jays and Mets.
  3. Non-Injuries: The Yankees escaped spring training with minimum injuries, Brendan Ryan notwithstanding, and their good luck extended until at least the first game of the season, but not without a few scares.  Derek Jeter was hit in left forearm with a pitch in the first inning and Brian McCann took a foul tip to the hand.  No tests were ordered for either player and both will be in the lineup for today’s game.
  4. Jeter Festivities: Before today’s game the Houston Astros will have a special pregame ceremony honoring Derek Jeter in his last season in the majors.  Former teammates, and former Astros, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte will be on hand and take part in the ceremony.  Jeter, meanwhile, got his first base knock of the year and number 3,317 of his career last night, which moved him just two hits shy of Paul Molitor for eighth all-time.
  5. Today’s Game: Hiroki Kuroda will make his 2014 debut tonight on the hill for the Yankees against the Astros.  Right-hander Jarred Cosart will make the start for the Astros.  Kuroda has made eight career starts vs. Houston (seven as a Dodger), combining to go 4-0 with a 1.39 ERA.   First pitch will be at 8:10 PM and the game will be on YES.