A-Rod Makes History In Yankee Victory
The Yankees home opener went about as well as it could have this afternoon, as Hiroki Kuroda made quick work of the Angels, cruising to a 5-0 victory.
Jorge Posada received a massive ovation as he threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and it seemed as if the Yankees fed off of the positive momentum of the crowd from there. In the bottom of the first the Yanks loaded the bases and, with two outs, Nick Swisher cleared them with a long double off of Ervin Santana. That would prove to be more than enough for Kuroda, who scattered 5 hits over 8 scoreless innings while striking out 6. The solid outing was a big bounce back for the first year Yankee, as it came off the heels of a less than stellar debut loss to the division rival Rays.
In the third inning Alex Rodriquez hit a solo homerun, his first of the season and 630th of his career. The shot moved A-Rod into a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. for 5th on the all-time Home Run list. Alex and Griffey of course were teammates in the late ‘90s when both played in Seattle. After the game A-Rod reflected on what it meant to tie Junior, calling Griffey “a great teammate a brother and a mentor, all in one.” Rodriquez finished the day 3 for 4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
The win moves the Yankees to above .500 for the first time this season, and extends their win streak to 4. The team will look to continue their hot streak tomorrow afternoon when Phil Hughes takes the mound against new Angel C.J. Wilson. First pitch of tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 1:05pm, and you can be sure to hear it on 104.5 The Team.