CC Sabathia pitched six workmanlike innings, Derek Jeter added a sacrifice fly in the seventh using his new stride-less swing and Mariano Rivera, wearing his socks high for perhaps the first time, earned his first save and 560th of his career. The Yankees beat the Tigers on Opening Day 6-3.

Sidelined with a strained side since March 22, Granderson made two spectacular catches against his former team and homered for the third straight opener -- off a lefty, no less. He connected against former Yankee Phil Coke (0-1) as New York embarked on its first full season without George Steinbrenner as owner since 1973.

Justin Verlander was making his fourth straight start on Opening Day, most for the Tigers since Jack Morris went 10 in a row. He was hoping to get off to a quick start to his season after going 1-2 with a 5.29 ERA last year in April before finishing 18-9, and he altered his offseason workout to help accomplish that.

"Obviously, coming out of the spring that I had, this is not the results that I wanted," said Verlander, who had a 0.96 ERA this spring.

Pitching in shirt sleeves, the right-hander reached 97 mph on the radar gun in the first but walked Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez before striking out Robinson Cano with his 31st pitch of the inning.

Verlander gave up just two other hits, including Rodriguez's one-out double in the sixth that hit the fence in right-center just above the 385-foot marker. He walked Cano but struck out Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada with two deceptive changeups, one 85 mph, the other 86.

Jhonny Peralta drove in his first run of the month. After going without an RBI in 66 spring at-bats, he hit a sacrifice fly to center in his first plate appearance to give Detroit the lead in the second inning.

Miguel Cabrera lined a single to left and, in his first at-bat with Detroit, Victor Martinez hit a hot shot to shortstop that Jeter, making a half-dive to his left, couldn't corral for a base hit.

FOX 17's Steve Amorose has more on Tigers fans expectations for this season in the video above.