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Sabathia allowed eight hits and six runs in six innings.

The Yankees couldn’t do much offensively until the eighth inning when Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira hit consecutive RBI singles off Chad Qualls to make it 6-2. Qualls got out of the inning when Alfonso Soriano grounded into a double play

For the first time since 1947 and just the second time in team history, every position except pitcher had a different player on opening day than it did in New York’s previous opener.

The Yankees began 2013 with a loss to Boston and among those who have either moved on or to the bench are star second baseman Robinson Cano (who signed with Seattle) and aging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (now a reserve for New York).

Brett Gardner was the only player in both lineups, though he moved from center to left to make room Jacoby Ellsbury, one of several newly acquired star for the Yankees.

Feldman sailed through the first three innings against the new Bronx Bombers and New York’s first hit didn’t come until Carlos Beltran singled with one out in the fourth. He didn’t allow another baserunner until Teixeira singled with one out in the seventh.

NOTES: Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara watched the game from front row seats behind the dugout. … Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan, who returned to the Astros as an executive advisor in February, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Craig Biggio. The pitch was terrible, flying far out of Biggio’s reach. “I tell you, my catcher didn’t try,” Ryan joked. “That ball wasn’t that far outside and he just didn’t get over.”