Kuroda shuts down Angels as Yankees win home opener 5-0
Everything was going right for the Yankees home opener. Jorge Posada returned to throw the first pitch, it was a warm beautiful 61 degrees at the ball park and Hiroki Kuroda was set to pitch the home opener. Kuroda admitted that he had butterflies before pitching the home opener but if he did have them, it didn’t show as he was able to shutout the L.A Angels and help the Yankees go above .500 with a 5-0 win.
KURODA GOES 8: Hiroki Kuroda went 8 shutout innings with 5 hits, pitching like the pitcher that the Yankees signed in January. Kuroda was taken out in the 9th inning after allowing a runner to reach first base. David Robertson closed out the 9th inning.
SWISHER DOES IT AGAIN: Fresh off of his heroics in Baltimore, Nick Swisher was able get a bases clearing RBI double which gave the Yankees a 3-0 lead at the time. Swisher did something that the Yankees desperately needed; hit with RISP with 2 outs.
630TH CAREER A-BOMB FOR A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez hit a solo shot today which polished his 3 for 4 day. It wasn’t just any HR. It was Alex Rodriguez’s 630th career HR which tied him 5th on the All Time Baseball HR list with Ken Griffey Jr. Now that’s a way to start the season.
THE GRANDY MAN CAN: For a guy that has been struggling, Curtis Granderson put on a laser show today. He hit a laser line drive HR into the lower deck to give the Yankees the 5th and final run. Hopefully this is the hit that gets Curtis Granderson going.
POSADA THROWS FIRST PITCH: Jorge Posada set foot in Yankee Stadium today for the first time since he announced his retirement. Posada threw the ceremonial first pitch to his father in what Posada describe as an emotional moment. Posada also spoke about what he was doing now that he’s retired; he’s playing the role of Mr. Mom to his 2 kids.
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees will take on the Angels again for Game 2 of this 3 game set. Phil Hughes is set to take the mound for the Yankees while C.J Wilson will take the mound for the Angels. First pitch is at 1:05pm.