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Jeter singled and scored in the first inning, singled in the third, hit an RBI double in a three-run fourth, sacrificed in the sixth and singled in the eighth. He came in batting .231 with no runs and no RBI.
"A lot of times the first of everything is the most difficult to get in a season," Jeter said. "Whether it's the first hit, first RBI, first win."
Especially a win.
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New York began the season by losing three straight to Tampa Bay and was in danger of going 0-4 for only the fourth time in franchise history.
"It's good to get the first one," Jeter said. "You don't want to think about it too long."
There was no laughter, no yelling and no one exchanging high-fives. Just business as usual.
Still, after the game everyone was delighted to take part in the ritual of congratulating each other in the middle of the infield.
"It's nice to shake hands again. You go all winter, and in spring training not many of us are there in the ninth inning to shake hands," first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "It's nice to go through the line again."
Andruw Jones homered for the Yankees, who last went 0-3 in 1998.
"You always want to get that first one out of the way," manager Joe Girardi said.
Matt Wieters went 4 for 4 with a homer for the Orioles, who were coming off a season-opening, three-game sweep of Minnesota.
Nova (1-0) allowed two runs and 10 hits (six for extra bases) in seven innings, striking out seven with no walks. The right-hander went 16-4 last year but was 1-2 with an 8.06 ERA during spring training.
"I thought Nova threw well, especially when he got in trouble," Girardi said. "He gave up some hits but got some big outs when he needed to."
It was Nova's 13th straight win, tied with Ron Guidry for the third-longest streak in Yankees history.
"Everything was working for me," he said.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz (0-1) threw 96 pitches in laboring through four innings. He gave up four runs, six hits and four walks in absorbing his 10th straight loss over two seasons.
"I was a little amped up," the left-hander said. "First start of the season and I was just pitching behind in the count too much today. Not getting ahead, attacking the zone like I wanted to. The walks hurt. It's a tough lineup."
Against the Twins, Orioles starters pitched a collective 22 innings and allowed one earned run.
Not this time.
"Stuff was pretty good. Command wasn't what it's going to be or what it has been up to this point," manager Buck Showalter said. "Brian's stuff was pretty crisp. Got some counts away from his favor."
Matusz kept it close until New York sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth. Russell Martin followed two straight walks with his first hit of the season, an RBI single, and Eduardo Nunez hit a sacrifice fly before Jeter doubled in a run.
Chris Davis doubled in a run for Baltimore in the seventh.
New York's big-name players wasted no time pushing the team in the right direction. Jeter began the game with a single, Alex Rodriguez drew a two-out walk and Teixeira -- who stepped to the plate with a .111 batting average and no RBI -- delivered a run-scoring single.
It was the first time this season that Baltimore trailed. Wieters rectified that in the second inning by hitting a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall.
|Derek Jeter grounds a single as part of a 4-for-4 night, helping the Yankees earn their first win. (US Presswire)|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||.412|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||0||0||0||2||0||2||.214|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.235|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.214|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||.143|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||2||1||0||1||0||2||.188|
|Andruw Jones, LF||2||2||1||1||1||0||0||.400|
|Brett Gardner, LF||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Russell Martin, C||3||1||1||1||1||1||1||.125|
|Eduardo Nunez, 3B||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.400|
|2B - Derek Jeter (1, Matusz), Curtis Granderson (1, Patton)|
|HR - Andruw Jones (1, O'Day)|
|SF - Eduardo Nunez (1)|
|SH - Derek Jeter (1)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (1), Mark Teixeira (1), Andruw Jones (2), Brett Gardner (1), Russell Martin (1), Eduardo Nunez (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (1), Mark Teixeira (1), Brett Gardner (1)|
|SB - Brett Gardner (1, 2nd base off Gregg/Wieters)|
|CS - Derek Jeter (1, 3rd base by Matusz/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Jeter-Teixeira, Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Ivan Nova (W,1-0)||7||10||2||2||0||7||1||2.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ivan Nova 91-65, David Robertson 28-17, Mariano Rivera 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ivan Nova 5-7, David Robertson 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ivan Nova 29, David Robertson 5, Mariano Rivera 4|
|Nolan Reimold, LF||5||0||1||0||0||1||3||.214|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.133|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.385|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||1||0||0||2||0||.313|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||1||4||1||0||0||0||.385|
|Mark Reynolds, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.200|
|Wilson Betemit, DH||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.273|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||2||1||0||1||1||.300|
|Robert Andino, 2B||4||0||2||0||0||2||2||.385|
|2B - Matt Wieters (1, Nova), Mark Reynolds (1, Nova), Wilson Betemit (2, Nova), Chris Davis (1, Nova), Robert Andino 2 (2, Nova, M. Rivera)|
|HR - Matt Wieters (2, Nova)|
|RBI - Matt Wieters (3), Chris Davis (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Wieters-Reynolds, Andino-Hardy-Davis, Andino-Hardy-Davis|
|E - Nolan Reimold (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Brian Matusz (L,0-1)||4||6||4||4||4||1||0||9.00|
|HBP - Nunez (by Kevin Gregg)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 96-52, Darren O'Day 27-11, Troy Patton 21-16, Kevin Gregg 25-13, Pedro Strop 13-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 3-7, Darren O'Day 3-1, Troy Patton 3-0, Kevin Gregg 2-0, Pedro Strop 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 21, Darren O'Day 8, Troy Patton 5, Kevin Gregg 6, Pedro Strop 3|
|Attendance - 25478|
|Game Time - 3:06|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mike Everitt|