by: aron nafisi   4/9/2012

The New York Yankees, who are looking for their first championship since 2009, flew to Florida opening day to face their division rival Tampa Bay Rays. Their ace CC Sabathia took the hill in game one and gave up five runs in just six innings pitched. Never the less, the Yankees had a one-run lead in the 9th inning when they gave the ball to baseball’s all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera. In what could have been Rivera's final opening day, he gave up two runs in the bottom of the 9th to blow the save and take the loss.

In game two, newly acquired pitcher Hiroki Kuroda took the mound for the Yankees and got rocked for eight hits while giving up six runs in just 5.2 innings. The pinstripes scored four runs in the 9th, but lost another tough one 8-6 to the Rays.

The Yankees went into game 3 trying to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 1998 season in which they won 125 games and the World Series. Phil Hughes started the game but wasn't able to make it out of the 5th inning, while the rest of the team managed to collect only three hits throughout the day. The Bronx Bombers got shut out 3-0, fell to 0-3 on the season, and find themselves in the bottom of the AL East.

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