American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 13th
(All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (2-4) at New York Yankees (3-3), 1:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - Ervin Santana (0-1, 7.94)
New York - Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 6.35)
(Sports Network) - The New York Yankees lift the lid on the home portion of
their schedule this afternoon when they welcome the Los Angeles Angels of
Anaheim to the Bronx for the home opener at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees return home all even following a three-game sweep of the Baltimore
Orioles that culminated with back-to-back extra-inning wins, including
Wednesday's 6-4 win. Nick Swisher's two-run homer in the 10th inning was the
difference in that one.
"It's so exciting to get out of here with the sweep," said Swisher. "When you
win those first two games you really want to come back here and try to get
Mariano Rivera worked around a two-out single in the bottom half to record his
second straight save in extra frames. Rivera also recorded his 40th save at
Camden Yards, a new record for a visiting player at any ballpark.
Curtis Granderson went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for New York,
which evened its record after getting swept in Tampa Bay to begin the year.
Getting the ball this afternoon for the Yankees will be right-hander Hiroki
Kuroda, who will be trying to bounce back following a shaky debut. The
Japanese hurler was roughed up by the Rays for six runs (four earned) and
eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Kuroda, who signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Yanks this offseason,
is ready for his first start in the Bronx.
"Rather than being excited, I'm more worried about how I'm going to perform,"
Kuroda said through an interpreter. "Since I've never pitched at Yankee
Stadium, I'm a little bit preoccupied. But I try to do my best and have the
best outing possible."
Anaheim, meanwhile, comes into this series licking its wounds a bit after
dropping two of three to the Minnesota Twins following a 10-9 loss in
Thursday's rubber match at Target Field that saw the Angels blow a six-run
Dan Haren went the first five innings for the Angels and was tagged for three
runs on nine hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Haren said his team's 2-4
start is nothing to worry about.
"We know that we're better than how we're playing right now," he said. "It's
only six games. We've got 156 left, so we're not going to blow this up too
Albert Pujols was just 1-for-5 in the loss and has still yet to hit a home run
with his new team, but has driven in two runs. He's never played in the new
Yankee Stadium and only visited the old ballpark on two other occasions - a
series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003 and the All-Star Game in 2008.
"No disrespect when I tell you that, but to me, I look at it like another
different stadium," Pujols said. "There's a lot of history in there, there was
a lot of history in the old stadium, so I don't want to disrespect the
memories and the history of the players that played through that city. But I
don't get caught up in that. I try to separate the off-the-field stuff with my
Getting the call for the Angels this afternoon will be righty Ervin Santana,
who will also be trying to shake off a tough start to the year. Santana was
hit hard by the Kansas City Royals on Sunday for six runs (five earned) and
seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
He has faced the Yankees 12 times and is 5-5 against them with a 5.55 ERA.
The Yankees, who have won 13 of their last 14 home openers, took five of the
nine matchups between these teams last season. It was their first series win
over the Halos since 2003.
04/13 10:38:06 ET