The home opener for the Yankees started with CC Sabathia throwing out the first pitch to Gerrit Cole. And long-time radio announcer Suzyn Waldman singing the National Anthem, keeping a promise she made to Cole when he was still with the Tigers.
Tonight's National Anthem was performed by Suzyn Waldman. Suzyn was the very first voice ever heard on WFAN radio. She has been a beat reporter, TV analyst, play by play broadcaster, and is the first and only woman ever to have a full-time analyst job with a Major League team. pic.twitter.com/9IEmHzzv6D
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 31, 2020
Boston would strike first with a solo home run by Michael Chavis in the third, but Aaron Judge would counter with a two run shot of his own in the bottom of the inning. Center field Jackie Bradley Jr. Would get his foot stuck in the seam of the Plexiglas in front of the Pepsi sign trying to catch it.
The Red Sox would threaten again in the fourth, but an around the horn double play would end the threat. Bottom of the third, Gio Urshela hits a solo shot to right center, increasing their lead 3-1.
Neither team would score again until the eighth when Brett Gardner would get his first hit of the season. A two run home run to the second deck in right.
The Yankees win 5-1.
However, it was not all good news for the Yankees today as it was announced that Tommy Kahnle has a right ulnar collateral ligament injury and Tommy John surgery is recommended.