Orlando Hernandez, Jon Lieber and Shawn Chacon.

You now know the only three starters acquired during general manager Brian Cashman's tenure who have enjoyed Yankee success without having spent considerable time in the American League beforehand.

It is not much of a list and El Duque is the only member who sustained a positive run with the Yankees. Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees' starter in today's home opener, is trying to expand that small group.

Before joining the Yankees, Kuroda played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in Japan's DH-free Central League and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West. He, of course, had seen AL teams and the DH before joining the Yankees. In fact, he shut out today's opponent, the Angels, over seven innings in Anaheim last July 1; albeit facing a lineup that did not have Albert Pujols and Kendrys Morales, as today's Los Angeles order almost certainly will.