Curtis Granderson (14) of the New York Yankees homers to right field in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium on March 31, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Yankees won 6-3 in the ninth inning. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

New York Yankees Opening Day: Yankees Open With 6-3 Victory Over Detroit

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Yankees Vs. Tigers Final Score: Curtis Granderson Stars As Yankees Win, 6-3

The New York Yankees opened the 2011 Major League Baseball season with a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers, pretty much employing the formula Manager Joe Girardi would like to see all season long.

The Yankees got six effective innings from starting pitcher CC Sabathia, shut down relief work from Joba Chamberlain, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivers, and some timely hitting as they opened the season in style at Yankee Stadium.

A three-run home run by first baseman Mark Teixeira off Detroit ace Justin Verlander gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the third inning. Detroit battled back to tie the game at 3-3, but the Yankees won it with two runs in the seventh and one in the eighth.

Curtis Granderson homered off Phil Coke leading off the seventh inning to break the 3-3 tie. Granderson also made two spectacular catches in center field, a diving catch coming in in the first inning, and a racing, over-the-shoulder catch on a ball hit by Detrtoit's Brandon Inge in the ninth inning.

The teams are off on Friday. A.J. Burnett pitches Saturday for the Yankees against Brad Penny. Start time in 4:10 p.m.

Final - 3.31.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Detroit Tigers 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 3
New York Yankees 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 1 X 6

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New York Yankees Opening Day: Tarp Is Off, Baseball Is Coming

It looks like the rain is going to hold off for now, and that the New York Yankees opening game at Yankee Stadium against the Detroit Tigers will start at scheduled at 1:05 p.m. The tarp is off the field, CC Sabathia is warming up in the bullpen and public address announcer Paul Olden is currently introducing the Tigers.

So, here we we go. Let's hope the rain holds off and we get this one in without a bunch of rain delays. That would be an awful way to start the season.

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