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Yankees win home opener against the Angels

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NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The New York Yankees opened their season in the Bronx Friday with a 5-0 win against the Angels.

The Bombers jumped out to an early lead on a three-run double in the bottom of the first inning by Nick Swisher.

Alex Rodriguez followed up in the third, hitting his first homerun of the year.

It was the 630th of his career which ties him with former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time list.

The Yankees also got a great start from Hiroki Kuroda who pitched eight shutout innings while picking up his first win as a Yankee.

There was also a special moment before the game when recently retired catcher Jorge Posada came out to a loud ovation as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch to his father.

"Really nervous to be up there and all eyes on you, and please don't bounce it," Posada said. "And I'm warming up in the cage and my dad is looking at me warming up and he said you're throwing it too hard. Throw it a little softer so I can catch it."

Speaking to reporters before the game, Yankees captain Derek Jeter and manager Joe Girardi said they were looking forward to Posada's return to the stadium.

"I'm happy for him. I think it's a moment that he is looking forward to it's one that he's gonna remember, you know, just coming off retirement a few months ago," Jeter said. "I'm sure it probably feels a little odd to him coming from playing and then a couple of months later throwing out the first pitch but he deserves it. I think he's gonna get a warm ovation from the fans."

"I think this will be a wonderful day for him where the fans have a chance again to show their appreciation for him," Girardi said. "As I said he was a great Yankee and he was a winner and he brought a lot to this club."

Fans, meanwhile, gathered outside the stadium early Friday morning and were more than ready to get into the full swing of the season.

"This is beautiful. Opening day in the Bronx, Yankee Stadium, you cannot beat it. It's just simply that's what baseball's all about," said one Yankees fan.

"That's what it's all about, coming opening day, ya know. Gettin' these guys out here seeing the guys and start the summer. It's fantastic," said another Yankees fan.

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