NEW YORK – Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda earned his first win as a Yankee on Friday, pitching eight-plus shutout innings in a 5-0 home opener win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Coming off a shaky debut loss in Tampa last week, Kuroda (1-1) redeemed himself in front of a sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium. He struck out six batters and walked two while holding the Angels’ lineup to five hits.
“He was brilliant today,” New York manager Joe Girardi said. “His curveball was good. I thought his split was good . . .
“The double play balls he got were big for us, and some big strikeouts. He just pitched really, really well.”
Kuroda got into a jam in the opening frame when he allowed a leadoff single to Erick Aybar, who stole second with one out. But Albert Pujols flied out to left before Kendrys Morales struck out swinging at Kuroda’s curveball.
“I felt really good about my curveball but I don’t think I was 100 percent with my split today,” the 37-year-old Kuroda said. “But when you have that kind of run support, I was able to get a really good rhythm and be more relaxed on the mound.”
Kuroda’s teammates provided an early 3-0 lead with Nick Swisher’s three-run double in the bottom of the first. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the third — the 630th of his career, putting him in a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time list.
Athletics 4, Mariners 0
In Seattle, Bartolo Colon gave up three hits in seven shutout innings for his 16th career win against the Mariners.
Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-4 in the loss.
Red Sox 12, Rays 2
In Boston, Josh Beckett pitched eight solid innings and the Red Sox rebounded from a rough road trip by beating Tampa Bay to usher in the 101st season at Fenway Park.
White Sox 5, Tigers 2
In Chicago, Jake Peavy pitched effectively into the seventh and Dayan Viciedo homered and made a key catch as the White Sox defeated Detroit.
Rangers 4, Twins 1
In Minneapolis, Matt Harrison breezed through eight innings and Ian Kinsler homered to lead Texas past the hosts.
Indians 8, Royals 3
In Kansas City, Michael Brantley broke out of a 0-for-15 slump with a pair of hits during a seven-run first inning for Cleveland.
Orioles 7, Blue Jays 5
In Toronto, Wilson Betemit hit a two-run single in the eighth and Baltimore rallied to beat the hosts.