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Finally, the Yankees’ Home Opener Has Arrived

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 7: Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees starts against the Tampa Bay Rays April 7, 2012  at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The major-league baseball season officially began more than two weeks ago, the Yankees' regular season got underway last Friday, and today, finally, Joe Girardi's squad will play its home opener at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees had half of a good road trip to start the season, first getting swept by the Rays in St. Pete, and then sweeping the Orioles in Baltimore, thanks in large part to some excellent relief pitching. Fans in the Bronx today will get their first in-person look at starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda in a Yankees uniform — as well as their first in-person look at Albert Pujols in an Angels uniform. Ceremonial first pitch duties go to the now-retired Jorge Posada, and the real first pitch, according to the Yankees official schedule of events, is scheduled for 1:08.

Photo: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images