Friday, April 13, 2012
NEW YORK—Hiroki Kuroda worked eight-plus stellar innings in his Yankee Stadium debut and Nick Swisher cleared the bases with a three-run double as the Yankees defeated the Angels, 5-0, on Friday in their home opener.
Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson also homered in the victory for New York, as the Bombers won for the 14th time in their last 15 home openers, including three of four at the new ballpark. Rodriguez’s fourth-inning homer was the 630th of his career, tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time list.
I only got to see bits and pieces but I look forward to watching the replay of Kuroda’s performance. Pretty much the home opener you’d draw up on paper if you could. A great starting pitcher performance, Swisher putting the team up 3-0 in the first inning., Rodriguez going 3 for 4 with a SB and showing that perhaps there’s still some life left in him, and most importantly a win.
If we revisit this, the Yankees have now gotten their record back to where it should have been after seven games. According to log5 the Yankees would have been 3.82 - 3.18 at this point, and they’re 4-3. Yay.
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