Kuroda makes big adjustment vs. O's

Having struggled since joining the Yanks, a new approach worked in Monday's win

Updated: May 1, 2012, 1:22 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

For the first couple of weeks of his New York Yankees career, Hiroki Kuroda has looked pretty much like what he is: A National League pitcher trying to adjust to the American League brand of baseball.

As adjustments go, it isn't quite as difficult as the one Kuroda has already made in going from playing pro ball Japan to playing it in the United States, or in moving from laid-back L.A. to hyped-up New York City.

Still, it's not easy.

"Obviously it's tougher to pitch in the American ...

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