Sep 26, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) and shortstop Derek Jeter (2) walk to the mound to remove relief pitcher Mariano Rivera (42) from his final home game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Yankees Core Four to be part of home opener ceremony

The New York Yankees have seen a host of its most iconic players retire from active play in recent years. Today, three of them will be a part of the home opener of the 2014 season.

All of the “Core Four” will partake in the first pitch ceremony for the 2014 opener at Yankee Stadium. MASN’s Roch Kubatko, who does reporting for the Yankees’ opponents Monday, the Baltimore Orioles, says that Andy Pettite and Mariano Rivera will throw first pitches to Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada before the 1:05 EST game.

Pettite, Rivera, Jeter, and Posada all made their debuts with the Yankees in 1995, and all four played together in the bigs for 17 years. Andy Pettite had a three season lapse from 2004-2006 when he pitched for the Astros, but he returned to the Yankees in 2007. Posada became the first permanently retired member after 2011, and Rivera and Pettite both retired after 2013 (Pettite for the second time). “The Captain” Derek Jeter will retire after this season.

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