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Yankees Step Up to the Plate at Bronx Home Opener, Win 4-2

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Baseball returned to the Bronx Monday as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 in their 2014 season home opener.

The team, which is now 4-3 in their season, also marked the final home opener with captain Derek Jeter.

Speaking to reporters before the game, the 39-year-old shortstop said he's just trying to take it all in and is happy to be back home in front of his fans.

"I've said it before I feel as though Yankee fans are the greatest fans in the world and that's no disrespect to any other team or any other sport it's just how I feel," said Jeter. "You know they get excited for Opening Day. This is a big deal here in New York, and us as players, it's something that we look forward to. And like I said, we feel as though the season doesn't officially start or doesn't officially begin until we have our home opener."

"He's always played the game the right way, and it's always been about winning. It's never been about him. And that's what you want from players. He understands the meaning of team and the meaning of championships," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The so-called "Core Four" also reunited on the field for Monday's home opener, as former Yankees Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada joined Jeter for the ceremonial first pitch.

"I feel like he was a leader by example. Really, he was," Posada said. "Goes out there every day, no excuses. Hates excuses.

"That will to win and the will to go out there and to compete and play this game the right way every day, and like [Posada] said, he did a great job just leading us in that way when he took the field every day," Pettitte said.

"There was Derek that always took his time without saying anything, without saying much, just being there and play the game the right way," Rivera said.

Following the win ecstatic Yankees fans had only one thing on their mind: Jeter.

"He's the classiest player in the last 20 years, and he's a legend," said one fan.

"Derek Jeter's been a staple in baseball, not only for the Yankees, but in baseball, and he's been a good guy," said another.

"There's no one more professional, no one better at the game than Derek Jeter," said a third.

"It was a great way to send the captain home," said a fourth. "Last home opener. It was a good game."

Fans said they hoped that the victory is just the beginning of a successful season as they set their sights on a 28th World Series title.

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