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Even two aging singers beloved by Red Sox fans had better nights.
Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith and a Boston-area resident, sang "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch.
Neil Diamond, whose "Sweet Caroline" is played at Fenway after the top of the eighth, then stepped onto the field along the right-field line to sing it in person. The Brooklyn native wore a blue Red Sox hat with a red "B" and a dark jacket with the words "KEEP THE DODGERS IN BROOKLYN" on the back.
The Red Sox were more concerned with the team from the Bronx.
The Yankees began the season as champions for the first time since they beat Kansas City 7-3 behind Roger Clemens in the 2001 opener. They finished that year in the World Series, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in seven games.
The last time the Red Sox and Yankees met in an opener was in 2005 following Boston's first championship since 1918. New York won 9-2 with Randy Johnson beating David Wells -- like Sabathia, a burly lefty.
Youkilis got the first hit off Sabathia, a leadoff double in the second, and scored on Beltre's sacrifice fly. Youkilis then tripled in two runs in the sixth before Beltre's RBI single tied it at 5.
The Yankees went ahead again before the Red Sox grabbed the lead, typical of past back-and-forth games between the two rivals.
"That was one of those games I guess I've got to learn that it's going to be that way pretty much all year long," said Cameron, who came over from Milwaukee.
The first eight batters of the game were retired before the Yankees, who led the AL last season with 244 homers, got two longballs in a row. Posada hit a liner off the right-field foul pole. Then Granderson sent a long drive into the center-field seats in his first at-bat as a Yankee.
New York went ahead 7-5 in the seventh on Robinson Cano's RBI groundout and Posada's run-scoring single.
NOTES: The back-to-back homers by Posada and Granderson were the first by the Yankees on opening day since Dave Winfield and Steve Kemp did it on April 5, 1983, at Seattle.
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