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‘Twas a Pleasant Yankees Home Opener

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13:  Alex Rodriguez #13, Mark Teixeira #25, Robinson Cano #24 and Raul Ibanez #27 of the New York Yankees celebrate after a three-run RBI double by Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees in the first inning against the Los Angeles Angels during the home opener at Yankee Stadium on April 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

What a lovely opening day for Yankee Stadium! It was a beautiful afternoon in New York, and all sorts of celebrities showed up — including the good ol' Michael Bloomberg/Kermit the Frog tandem. Jorge Posada threw out the first pitch. Hiroki Kuroda rose to the occasion, cruised through the Angels' lineup — Albert Pujols (1-4), included — and pitched a near-complete game shutout to redeem himself for a shaky first start of the year. Nick Swisher kept New York's streak of first-inning scoring alive with a three-RBI double. Alex Rodriguez's excellent day at the plate (from the third spot) included his 630th home run, tying Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth all-time. Curtis Granderson tagged on another run by sneaking a homer over the right field wall. All was well. Not a bad home opener, Yankees, not bad at all. Same time, same place tomorrow, with Phil Hughes and C.J. Wilson on the mound.

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Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images