It didn't take the Yankees long to figure out how to get Hiroki Kuroda to succeed in the American League: Just have him face the Angels.

After tossing seven scoreless innings while with the Dodgers in his previous outing against them on July 1 of last season, Kuroda was even better against the Albert Pujols-led version yesterday, shutting them out for eight-plus innings in a 5-0 victory in his first start at Yankee Stadium.

The consensus in the Angels' clubhouse was that while others are skeptical Kuroda will be able to be as effective in the AL East as he was in the NL West, he would figure out a way. That proved to be true at least for a day.

"He was changing speeds and keeping the ball down," said Vernon Wells, who struck out twice and popped to short in three at-bats against Kuroda. "He didn't really make too many mistakes."