Josh Donaldson is Yankees' Opening Day 2022 hero with a walk-off hit over Red Sox 

Not much had gone right for the Yankees on Opening Day, straight from the  opening bell. 

After management failed to come to a contract extension agreement with Aaron Judge 

ace starter Gerrit Cole gave up three first-inning runs to the rival Boston Red Sox – dousing the fresh, Friday afternoon vibe at sunny Yankee Stadium. 

Though they were "punched in the mouth early,'' manager Aaron Boone lauded the contributions across the board in a 6-5, 11-inning Yankees victory 

After the Yankees climbed back with three home runs, two of the newest Yanks were involved in the winning play. 

The energy, the atmosphere was electric,'' Josh Donaldson said after his ground single to center off rookie 

Kutter Crawford scored Isiah Kiner-Falefa from second base - setting off a raucous celebration.  

Both clubs scored single runs in the 10th, with the "ghost runner'' rule back in effect 

In the Yanks’ half, Gleyber Torres – who was benched for the opener - lifted a one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly to make it 5-5. 

Before that, Yankees’ comeback began with Anthony Rizzo’s first-inning, two-run homer, and Giancarlo Stanton’s fourth-inning solo shot.

DJ LeMahieu’s one-out solo homer in the eighth tied it, 4-4, against Garrett Whitlock, reigniting a sellout crowd of 46,097. 

Cole yielded a four-pitch walk to Enrique Hernandez, a two-run homer by Rafael Devers, a single off the left-field wall by Xander Bogaerts, and an RBI double to JD Martinez before settling in.

On Opening Day, Gleyber Torres was the odd man out of Boone's infield alignment. 

Boone acknowledged that it was "a tough spot'' for Torres, but "he was ready to go'' in the 10th, fighting back from an 0-2 count in the shadows before lifting a game-tying sacrifice fly.