2014 at Houston Astros
Unlike 2013, the Yankees entered 2014 with lofty expectations after an offseason spending spree that saw them sign All-Stars Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran, as well as Japanese superstar Masahiro Tanaka.
They started the season in Houston against an Astros team coming off three straight 100 loss seasons but could not take advantage of the weaker opponent. The Yankees fell 6-2 on Opening Day and, for the third straight year dating back to 2012, also dropped the second game, this time just one night later.
Houston wasted no time jumping on Kuroda as leadoff hitter Dexter Fowler opened the game with a home run to give the Astros an early 1-0 lead. The Astros would add another in the bottom of the third to take a 2-0 lead, but the Yankees were able to cut that in half as Brett Gardner scored on a double play.
In the bottom half of the inning, however, the Astros got the run back with a Matt Dominguez and went onto win the game 3-1. The Yankees would salvage the final game of the series the following day with a 4-2 win but could not avoid another 0-2 start to the season.
Game 2 Result: Astros 3, Yankees, 1