Wednesday, pitcher Hiroki Kuroda made his Yankees debut against the Tampa Rays. In the first inning the 37 year old right- hander was quite impressive looking like the one year $10 million contract the Yankees gave him is going to be worth it. He retired the side in the first using only nine pitches. But so much for a first impression. In the second Kuroda gave up two singles and then a two run triple to Rays catching prospect Stephen Vogt. In all two innings three runs, three hits with two strike outs. Putting a positive spin on his pitchers outing was manager Joe Girardi. "He liked where Kuroda is physically and that he used all of his pitches." Forgive my negative tone, but I just don't have a good feeling about the signing of Kuroda". To much money for a 37 year old that pitched in the National League who is now going to pitch in the AL East. I hope my gut feeling is wrong. Yanks lost this one 4-0 recording only four hits in the game.
The next days starter Ivan Nova also had a scoreless first inning but then got roughed up in the second given up a lead off double to Adam Lind which was the followed with an RBI single by Brett Lawrie. Two outs later J.P. Arencibia hit a deep homerun to rightfield. Nova came out for the third but couldn't finish the frame as he continued to have trouble locating pitches. Nova ended the day going 2 2/3 giving up six hits and five earned runs. The only bright spot for the Yankees was a solo homer in the ninth by Colin Curtis.
The next game saw the Yankees strike first against the Atlanta Braves scoring two runs in the first inning with a lead off single by Derek Jeter followed by an RBI double by Nick Swisher. Yanks starter Freddy Garcia threw three scoreless innings only giving up one hit, one walk while striking out two. Yankees won this one 3-0
After his first start where velocity was a concern right-hander Micheal Pineda started Saturdays game against the Braves. His fastball was clocked as high as 94 mph. He stayed around 88-92 most of the day as the Yankees went on to win 8-3. Pineda gave up one run, four hits, three walks, one strike out while throwing 57 pitches.
The injury report has right-handed pitcher David Robertson removing his walking boot on Sunday. Last years All-Star pitcher fell down stairs while carrying boxes at his Florida home. X-Rays, CT scans and an MRI revealed only a bone bruise. Infielder Eduardo Nunez X-Rays were negative after being hit on the right hand by Phillies pitcher Austin Hyatt. Nunez is listed day to day.