The Red Sox literally knocked Hiroki Kuroda out of the game in the second inning, and the Yankees offense was mostly quiet again as the Red Sox beat them 7-4 during a cold night at Yankee Stadium.
A liner off the bat of Shane Victorino looked like it barely grazed Kuroda’s fingers. Larry Rothschild and Steve Donahue checked Kuroda and left him in the game, but he promptly hit a batter, got an out on a bunt, walked a batter on four pitches and then hit another batter. He left trailing 2-0.
After the game Joe Girardi said it was a bruised finger and that X-rays were negative. Although he said it was a day-to-day situation whether he could make his next start.
• Cody Eppley had a rough outing as he gave up four earned in 1.1 innings. He got all ground balls though which is what you want to see out of him. He uncorked a wild pitch too.
• The story of the game, for the pitching staff was Adam Warren. Here’s his line: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR. 86 pitches, 53 strikes, a 9:5 ground ball to fly ball ratio. All positive signs. If Kuroda has to miss a start or two we could see Warren fill in at least once.
• Vernon Wells had a big game, but not many others had big games. He went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the eight. With the Yankees offense as weak as it is right now it would be a really big deal if Wells got hot.
• Eduardo Nunez had a decent game at the plate going 2-for-3, but committed his first error in the ninth inning on a sharp liner hit right at him. It was a tough play, but one he has to make. At least it wasn’t a throwing error though.
• Travis Hafner hit the first homer of the season for the Yankees. It was a solo shot to right field in the fourth inning.