Derek Jeter doubled off the left field wall and scored a run as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in the captain’s final home opener.
Jeter, who is retiring after this season, went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The 39-year-old shortstop grounded into a double play in the third inning that scored New York’s first run.
“I was anxious, I was excited, I was nervous,” Jeter said in a televised interview after the game. “The season never seems to officially begin until you’ve played your home opener.”
Hiroki Kuroda (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings, striking out four at Yankee Stadium. Four Yankees relievers combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings, as Shawn Kelley recorded the first save of his career. Closer David Robertson was put on the disabled list with a groin injury.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Alfonso Soriano added two hits each for the Yankees, while for Baltimore Matt Wieters had two hits and a run batted in.
Prior to the game, Jeter was joined on the field by former teammates Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera -- a group known as the “Core Four” -- for the ceremonial opening pitch. Jeter received a 30-second standing ovation before his first at-bat in the first inning.
The Yankees (4-3) host the Orioles (2-5) again tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. local time.