Apr 13, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (18) pitches during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Yanks Handle Halos In Home Opener

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.

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