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Despite the enormous popularity of the NFL there remains something uniquely special surrounding the opening day of the Major League baseball season in America. The anticipation and excitement of the new year is similar to the feeling you get when you first catch a glimpse of the field when entering a major league ballpark.

The 2013 MLB season begins with one match-up on Sunday night March 31st followed by a full slate of games Monday April 1st. The Yankees opening day 2013 will kick off on April 1st at 1:05 pm with the first of a 3 game set against the rival Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees are coming off a year where they finished 95-67 winning another AL East Championship. The Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles in an exciting divisional playoff series 3-2. They seemed to be set up well for another world series run before momentum shifted drastically in game 1 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees had come back in dramatic fashion sending game 1 into extra innings with a 2 run HR from Raul Ibanez only to essentially have the wind knocked out of them, and their fans, when SS Derek Jeter broke his left ankle while fielding a ground ball in the 12th inning. The Yankees would lose game 1 6-4 and go on to be swept out of the playoffs by the Tigers 4-0.

To go along with the disappointment of last year’s playoffs, fans will see some major roster changes going into the Yankees opening day in 2013. Fan favorite Nick Swisher was lost to the Cleveland Indians in Free Agency. Playoff hero Raul Ibanez signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners. Alex Rodriguez may miss the entire 2013 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip. Derek Jeter has just resumed on field participation as of February 23rd as a result of the ankle fracture sustained in game 1 of the ALCS. Most recently Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch in spring training breaking his forearm. Granderson will be out for 10 weeks. This is a devastating loss as the he accounted for 43 HR’s and 106 RBI’s last season. Granderson also leaves a big hole to fill defensively at center field. It will be difficult for the few players that have been added to the lineup to make up for the loss of production from last years AL East championship team.

Closer Mariano Rivera, Reliever Joba Chamberlain, and OF Brett Gardner will return to the active roster after missing significant time due to injury in 2012. The Yankees extended OF Ichiro Suzuki for 2 years and signed Kevin Youkilis for 1 year to play 3b. The team also signed injury prone Travis Haffner for 1 year to act solely in the role of DH. While these additions may help, it seems to little to overcome the loss of some key players from last season. GM Brian Cashman seems to be on a trend of signing aging players to short 1 and 2 year deals. It has been a while since a prospect has come up through the Yankee system to contribute in a meaningful way. This has left the Yankees owing large sums of money to an aging core of stars that are on the downsides of their careers.

The Yankees have been world series contenders every year for almost 2 decades now. With all of the expected and unexpected changes going into the Yankees opening day 2013 fans may need to prepare themselves for a down year or at the very least a slow start. Unless Brian Cashman Watched Money ball so many times over the winter that he’s learned something that the rest of us don’t know, it appears that the roster he has available to him this year may have difficulty keeping up with the normal world series expectations of Yankee fans.

New York Yankees Tickets

Take a look at the projected yankees opening day 2013 lineup and discuss your ideas in the comments section.

Projected 2013 Yankees lineup

1. Ichiro Suzuki OF
2. Derek Jeter SS
3. Robinson Cano 2B
4. Eduardo Nunez 1B  *Texeira injury
5. Kevin Youkilis 3B
6. Travis Hafner DH
7. Juan Rivera OF
8. Austin Romine C
9. Brett Gardner OF

Rotation

1. C.C Sabathia
2. Hiroki Kuroda
3. Andy Pettitte
4. Phil Hughes
5. Ivan Nova

Rating 3.50 out of 5
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2 Responses to Yankees Opening Day 2013 May Be Different

  1. Brian says:

    I am never going to get used to youkilis as a yankee. What is it with New York grabbing former red sox players? If tex struggles again this year it looks like the lineup lacks pop without Granderson.

  2. [...] The injury to Teixeira also takes a gold glove off of first base on defense. The loss of Teixeira along with the injury to Curtis Granderson takes a total of 67 HR’s and 190 RBI’s out of the Yankee batting order. Granderson was [...]

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