Friday, April 13, 2012
There's No Place Like Home
The New York Yankees. We got brains. We got heart. We got courage. And, while we miss the old one, man oh man, have we got a home.
Hiroki Kuroda made his Yankee Stadium debut, against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. (That IS still their current name, right?) He went 8 innings, 5 hits, 2 walks, no runs. Can't ask for much more than that -- not without the Cult of the Pitch Count piping up, anyway. (Kuroda threw 109 pitches, 71 for strikes. Pretty strong.)
Nick Swisher provided all the offense he would need, and more, with a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the 1st. Home runs were added by Alex Rodriguez in the 3rd (1st of the year, 630th of his career), and Curtis Granderson in the 5th (his 2nd).
Yankees 5, Angels 0. WP: Kuroda (1-1). LP: Ervin Santana (0-2).
The Boston Red Sox just finished off the Tampa Bay Rays in their own home opener, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. It was 12-2.
So, for the moment, the American League Eastern Division is led by the Toronto Blue Jays at 4-2, with the Yankees and Rays at 4-3, the Baltimore Orioles at 3-3, and the Red Sox at 2-5.
Therefore... The number to eliminate the Red Sox from the AL East title is 153. For the Yankees, O's and Rays, it's 155.
A-Rod Hits: 2782, 218 to reach 3000
A-Rod HRs: 630, 70 to reach 700, 133 to become all-time leader
Oh, by the way: That Newark Police detective who helped Mayor Cory Booker rescue that woman from the burning building last night?
His name is Alex Rodriguez. I swear, I'm not making that up.
We can no longer say that Alex Rodriguez isn't clutch!