=== Yanks attempt to stay in win column against Orioles ===
(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees try to win their fifth game in six
tries on Tuesday when they continue a three-game series with the Baltimore
Orioles at Yankee Stadium.
Derek Jeter made the most of his final home opener on Monday, as he went 1-
for-4 with a run scored, while Hiroki Kuroda tossed 6 2/3 solid innings in the
Yankees' 4-2 win.
"It was a great day," said Jeter. "The fans were energetic like they usually
are. Home openers are special here at Yankee Stadium."
Kuroda (1-1) held the Orioles to just two runs on eight hits with four
strikeouts, while Jeter opened New York's two-run fifth inning with a double
that just missed clearing the wall in left field.
Jacoby Ellsbury plated Jeter with a single and finished 2-for-4, while Kelly
Johnson and Yangervis Solarte added an RBI apiece in the win.
New York did all its damage against Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-2),
who gave up all four runs on eight hits and five walks over 4 2/3 frames.
Matt Wieters and Nelson Cruz each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Orioles,
who have lost five of their last six games since opening the season with a win
over the Boston Red Sox.
On Tuesday, New York will hand the ball to righty Ivan Nova, who beat the
Houston Astros in his opening start. Nova held the Astros to a pair of runs
and six hits in 5 2/3 innings of that one.
"Well, obviously, we think he's got the talent and the stuff to have a big
year, and that's important if we want to get to where we want to get to,"
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "But that's important for all of our
starters to have good year, because you're going to need to win a lot of games
in our division to win our division and to move on.
"We believe he has the stuff to have a big year."
Nova is 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 12 career games (11 starts) against the
Baltimore, meanwhile, will counter with lefty Wei-Yin Chen, who was banged
around by the Boston Red Sox on Thursday for four runs and 12 hits in 5 2/3
"Basically, it's the breaking ball," Chen said of getting back on track. "It's
not working 100 percent the way I want it to be. Hopefully, I can get it to be
It may not get any better for Chen on Tuesday, as he is 0-2 with a 4.86 ERA in
three career starts at Yankee Stadium.
On the injury front, New York placed closer David Robertson on the 15-day
disabled list Monday with a strained left groin. The Yankees, who had put Mark
Teixeira on the DL over the weekend, will now likely hand the ninth inning
duties to righty Shawn Kelley.
New York narrowly won the season series a year ago, 10-9.
04/08 08:52:49 ET