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April 8, 2014

Jeter, Yankees beat Orioles 4-2 in homer opener

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“Every day I look and Derek Jeter is playing next to me. I saw him since I was little and I could never even fathom that I would get to play with him on the same field,” Solarte said. “Every day I try to learn something from him.”

The Orioles got RBI singles from Matt Wieters and Nelson Cruz in falling to 2-5. Adam Jones and Chris Davis struck out against Adam Warren with a runner on in the eighth and trailing 4-2.

Matt Thornton, David Phelps, Warren and Shawn Kelley combined for hitless relief. Kelley pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.

Robertson was hurt Sunday during his third outing as Mariano Rivera’s replacement at the back end of the bullpen after a major league-record 562 saves.

“Other guys get a chance to step up, and you expect them to step up and get the job done in his absence,” Girardi said.

After missing all but 17 games last season, Jeter announced Feb. 12 this would be his final season. His retirement tour started on the road, where New York went 3-3 against Houston and Toronto.

But Jeter, who went 1 for 4, has said the season doesn’t really start until the Yankees have had their home opener, and to help celebrate the team brought together the five-time World Series champion Core Four. Recently retired teammates Andy Pettitte and Rivera threw ceremonial first pitches to Jeter and Jorge Posada, who retired after 2011.

With an era coming to a close, change was evident everywhere.

Robertson moved into Rivera’s locker. Carlos Beltran was given Robinson Cano’s choice spot next to the door leading to the players’ off-limits sanctuary.

And the only evidence that Rodriguez — banned for the year because of his involvement in the Biogenesis drug scandal — is still a member of the Yankees was in a new series of paintings hanging in the hallway leading to the clubhouse that celebrate New York’s recent World Series championships.

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