2006_04_syankeeslogo.jpgThe Yankees opened the 2006 season in grand fashion, getting 17 hits, 9 walks and scoring 15 runs in their 13-run victory over the A’s. Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam off of one of the biggest meatball pitches A’s ace, Barry Zito, has ever thrown and Hideki Matsui added a two-run homer. Johnny Damon went 3-7 in his Yankee debut and every starter had a hit except for Jorge Posada.

While the offensive was explosive, the pitching was equally good. Randy Johnson threw 106 pitches, the last reaching 96 mph, while giving up only one run over seven innings. Johnson was nasty, giving up only a home run to Frank Thomas but then throwing a pitch up by his chin the next time he faced him.

The Yankees face Oakland again tonight, weather permitting. Mike Mussina will take the mound against Rich Harden. Harden, like Barry Zito, is considered one of the best young pitchers in the AL, so it will be interesting to see if the Yankees’ offense can dominate again.