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Game 7: Yankees vs. Angels

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 13, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees lineup

1. Derek Jeter SS

2. Curtis Granderson CF

3. Alex Rodriguez 3B

4. Robinson Cano 2B

5. Mark Teixeira 1B

6. Nick Swisher RF

7. Raul Ibanez DH

8. Russell Martin C

9. Brett Gardner LF

Hiroki Kuroda RHP

Angels lineup

1. Erick Aybar SS

2. Bobby Abreu RF

3. Albert Pujols 1B

4. Kendrys Morales DH

5. Mark Trumbo 3B

6. Vernon Wells LF

7. Maicer Izturis 2B

8. Chris Iannetta C

9. Peter Bourjos CF

Ervin Santana RHP

TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880

Weather: 59 degrees, mostly sunny

Umpires: Mike DiMuro HP, James Hoye 1B, Jim Joyce 2B, Jim Reynolds 3B

Jeter’s newest milestone: With this game, the Captain ties Roberto Clemente for 13th for games played among those who have been with one team for their whole career, 2,433.

Home-opening stuff: The Yankees are 72-36-1 in their home openers, winning 13 of the last 14, 18 of 20 and 24 of 28. They are 6-0 in April 13 home openers. But none of those games came on Friday the 13th.

Kuroda numbers:  Kuroda had a 2.92 ERA to show for six spring training appearances. The Rays gave him a 6.35 ERA to show for his first start last Saturday when he gave up six runs, four earned, eight hits and four walks in 5 2/3 and lost 8-6.

Update, 1:07: Jorge Posada throws out the first pitch to his father, hearing the expected ovation. Teammates lined up behind the mound. His son is out there, too.

Update, 1:30: Posada just spoke to the media, says he’s enjoying retirement and being home with his two kids. He may want to get back into baseball in some capacity after a summer off, but says he doesn’t want to live out of a suitcase and be away from the family. He said basically that the Yankees had wanted Mariano Rivera to catch his first pitch, but it was more important to him to have his dad catch it.

Update, 1:38: Swisher long  bases-clearing double, 3-0 already in the first. Two two-out walks hurt Santana, too. Swisher has nine RBI already.

Update, 1:47: Two scoreless for Kuroda.

Update, 1:58: Gardner gets himself picked off and Jeter and Granderson strand Martin at third to end the second.

Update, 2:07: Kuroda gives up one single and fans two in the third. Looks like he has a good splitter today.

Update, 2:10: Homer 630 for A-Rod, ties Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth on the all-time list.

Update, 2:21: No runs, three hits allowed by Kuroda through four.

Update, 2:38: Five shutout innings for Kuroda, taking a page from his Dodgers days.

Update, 2:42: Granderson’s second homer of the season, solo shot to the right-field seats. It’s 5-0 in the fifth.

Update, 2:45: A-Rod arrived 4 for 23. Now he’s 3 for 3 out of his new three-hole home vs. righty starters.

Update, 2:53: Kuroda gets Pujols looking in a 1-2-3 sixth, although Cano helps with a diving stop on an Abreu hot bouncer. Pujols is off to a 6-for-26 start.

Update, 3:06: Kuroda no runs and four hits allowed through seven. He’s closing in on 100 pitches. Nice first impression here after a bad first impression on the road.

Update, 3:10: Jason Isringhausen will take the ball for the seventh for the Angels.

Update, 3:21: Kuroda is out for the eighth. David Robertson is warming.

Update, 3:25: Kuroda 1-2-3 eighth, I believe he’s at 104 pitches. Gets a nice ovation coming off. David Carpenter about to make his MLB debut on the mound for the Angels.

Update, 3:34: Kuroda comes back out for the ninth, up 5-0.

Update, 3:38: Infield hit to start the ninth, and Kuroda is done. Five hits allowed. Gets another nice ovation. Robertson comes in.

Update, 3:44: Yankees win, 5-0.

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