NEW YORK — Luke Voit heard the “Luuuuuke!” chants during pre-game introductions, and that got the exuberant, oversized slugger going.
“Man, it fires me up every time,” he said.
Beats the start of last season, when Voit was stashed away in Triple-A.
A fast-rising fan favorite in the Bronx, Voit kicked off the season with a first-inning homer, backing a strong opening day effort by Masahiro Tanaka in New York’s 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.
Voit launched a three-run drive off Andrew Cashner (0-1), and Greg Bird added a solo homer in the eighth, the first big flies for New York a year after the Yankees hit a record 267 en route to 100 wins. Of course, that wasn’t enough to catch the rival Boston Red Sox, who won 108 games and a World Series championship.
Voit was playing for the Cardinals’ Memphis Redbirds last opening day, a then-27-year-old with limited major league…
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