New York Yankees defeat Minnesota Twins, 5-4

Alex Rodriguez's first appearance at the new Stadium was supposed to be some sort of occasion and even though it started off flat - fans only offered muted cheers for A-Rod when he batted in the second inning, a respectful hand more than an adoring one - the night bloomed into an event that included several dramatic Yankee hits, including another winner by Melky Cabrera, and some bad blood between the Bombers and Twins.

Cabrera completed an improbable comeback with a tw...

In the end, it wasn't the hero moment that Alex Rodriguez may have craved on his first night at the new Yankee Stadium, but it sure felt like a new beginning for a guy still trying to win full acceptance in this city.

That is, rather than try to force the hero bit, A-Rod accepted a vital but supporting role in the ninth-inning drama, and what do you know - it led to a stirring 5-4 victory over the Twins Friday night.

Maybe it's an omen of some kind. Maybe this really...