Granderson, Teixeira help Yanks win frigid opener

By Howie Rumberg

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 1 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Verlander gave up just two other hits, including Rodriguez's one-out double in the sixth that hit the fence in right-center just above the 385-foot marker. He walked Cano, but struck out Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada with two deceptive changeups, one 85 mph, the other 86.

Jhonny Peralta drove in his first run of the month. After going without an RBI in 66 spring at-bats, he hit a sacrifice fly to center in his first plate appearance to give Detroit the lead in the second inning.

Detroit closed it to 3-2 on Brandon Inge's two-out single in the fourth, and tied it on Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the fifth with help from Cano's error on Will Rhymes' sacrifice attempt. Covering first, Cano closed his glove before Teixeira's toss arrived and the ball fell to the field.

Swisher had an RBI single in the eighth.

Granderson right away tested the injured side, diving on the slick turf to make a catch on Rhymes' sinking liner in the first. Granderson came up smiling and holding up his glove. He also made a running over-the-shoulder catch in the ninth.

"You worry a little bit more about the shoulder, he looked like he landed on it," Girardi said of the first catch. "I saw him get up and run in and he was smiling. So I wasn't too concerned."

NOTES: The last time these two teams met on opening day in New York was 1966, with the Tigers winning 2-1 on April 12. .... The Tigers failed to homer for the first time at the new Yankee Stadium. Jeter's new walk-up music: Darth Vader's theme from "Star Wars." ... The Yankees have won 13 of their past 14 home openers. ... Victor Martinez singled in his first at-bat with Detroit.

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