Larry Rothschild saw a first turn through the rotation in which only one pitcher, Ivan Nova, met expectations.

But no outing was as disconcerting as Hiroki Kuroda's debut with the Yankees against the Rays last Saturday, and perhaps the pitching coach's most important job in the immediate future is helping the right-hander succeed in his new surroundings.

"It was his first outing, so you don't want to overreact to it," Rothschild said of Kuroda's performance against the Rays, when he surrendered six runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-6 loss. "But you definitely have to react to what you need to get done."