Alex Rodriguez had three hits, Nick Swisher added a pair and knocked in three runs on a first inning double and the New York Yankees blanked the Los Angeles Angels 5-0 in the team’s home opener Friday at Yankee Stadium.
Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was sensational on the hill, allowing just five hits over eight innings. Kuroda, who evened his record at 1-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.63, fanned six batters and only walked a pair in an extremely efficient outing.
Dave Robertson came on in the ninth and retired the side, including recording a strikeout, in a non-save situation. The Angels were lifeless offensively, garnering just five singles on the afternoon and grounding into three double plays.
Erick Aybar had a pair of the hits, while superstar Albert Pujols was 1-for-4 for the Angels, the usual Yankee-killers who fell to just 2-5. A-Rod and Curtis Granderson homered for the Yanks, who moved over .500 for the first time on the season in improving to 4-3.
Ervin Santana took the loss for the Angels, falling to 0-2 after allowing all five runs over six frames, including the round-trippers.