Monday, April 6, 2015

Yankees Complete History on Opening Day

The New York Yankees had their first Opening Day on 4/26/1901 and will play their 115th Opening Day this afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Masahiro Tanaka will be on the mound for the Yankees as he plays host to Drew Hutcison and the Toronto Blue Jays looking to improve their 79-37-1 all-time record on Opening Day.

The Yankees sole tie in their history on Opening Day came on Opening Day 1910 when the team tied the Boston Red Sox 4-4. The Yankees have an all-time record of 14-10 against the Red Sox while the team owns a perfect 3-0 record against the Boston Americans in their history. The Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees opponents today, have only played against New York once on Opening Day in a game that the Bronx Bombers won by the final score of 3-2 in 2008. As far as the rest of the American League East goes New York has Opening Day records of 2-0 against the Tampa Bay Rays and 4-1 against the Baltimore Orioles. Long story short, the Yankees dominate the rest of the AL East on Opening Day in their history which means bad luck for the Blue Jays this afternoon.

The Yankees have never lost on Opening Day against the California Angels (1-0), Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-0), Kansas City Royals (5-0) and the Texas Rangers (4-0). The biggest blowouts in Yankees Opening Day history include a 14-7 victory over the Washington Senators in 1950, a 19-1 victory over the Washington Senators in 1955, 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins in 1976, a 10-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in 1981, a 11-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians in 1987, an 8-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins in 1988, a 17-13 victory over the Oakland Athletics in 1998 and a 12-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers in 1999.

New York has 14 shutout victories on Opening Day in their history with eight shutout losses with 16 one run victories and 12 one run losses all-time. The Yankees do not have a losing record against any team on Opening Day in their history but they do have .500 record against the Cleveland Indians (3-3), Detroit Tigers (3-3), Milwaukee Brewers (2-2) and the Oakland Athletics (1-1).

The Yankees are on a one year Opening Day winning streak after beating the Baltimore Orioles last season and have won four of their last five and 20 of their last 23 Opening Days including 11 straight Opening Day victories from 1998-2008. What does all this mean in terms of Opening Day 2015? I guess you're just going to have to watch to find out.

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