Jorge Posada will throw the ceremonial first pitch tomorrow, but the first pitch that matters will belong to Hiroki Kuroda. In his first season with the Yankees, Kuroda will be on the mound for the home opener.
“It’s definitely an honor,” he said. “Because of that, I really have to do the best I can. I think I will.”
Kuroda was not sharp in his debut. He walked four, gave up eight hits and looked little like the steady, reliable veteran the Yankees were expecting when they gave him a $10-million deal. Joe Girardi has wondered whether Kuroda was trying to do too much.
“Obviously a lot (needs to change),” Kuroda said. “There are a lot of things that I won’t know until the day I pitch. It depends on how I feel that day after the bullpen. I have to make adjustments depending on the type of pitches I have that day. I really can’t tell you until the day that I start. … It doesn’t really matter where I pitch, it matters how I feel that day.”
Here are the pitching matchups for the Angels series.
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (0-1, 6.35)
RHP Ervin Santana (0-1, 7.94)
1:05 p.m., YES Network
RHP Phil Hughes (0-1, 3.86)
LHP C.J. Wilson (1-0, 1.29)
1:05 p.m., FOX
RHP Ivan Nova (1-0, 2.57)
8:05 p.m., ESPN
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