A-Rod, Kuroda help make Yanks home opener a winner
Friday, April 13, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 630th home run and tied Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the career list and Hiroki Kuroda pitched excellently in his pinstripes debut as the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 Friday in their 110th home opener.
Nick Swisher lined a three-run double off Ervin Santana (0-2) in the first inning soon after recently retired teammate Jorge Posada threw out the ceremonial first pitch and hugged all his old pals.
Curtis Granderson added a Yankee Stadium-friendly homer. New York has won four in a row overall and 14 of its last 15 home openers.
Albert Pujols singled in four at-bats. The slumping Angels slugger is 6 for 27 (.222) with no home runs this season. Los Angeles has lost three straight.