Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda pitched eight-plus scoreless innings in his Bronx debut, as the New York Yankees started the home portion of their schedule with a 5-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Kuroda (1-1) gave up five hits to go with six strikeouts and two walks for the Yankees, who have won 14 of their last 15 home openers. The Japanese hurler bounced back from a tough outing in his Yankees debut on Saturday, when he was roughed up by the Rays for six runs (four earned) and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored. The home run was the 630th of Rodriguez's career, moving into a tie for fifth with Ken Griffey Jr. on baseball's all-time HR list.
Curtis Granderson also hit a solo homer for New York, which got a three-run double from Nick Swisher.
Ervin Santana (0-2) allowed five runs on six hits in six full frames for the Angels, who have lost three in a row. He struck out five and walked three.
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