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Saturday notes: Kuroda locates through four strong innings

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Mar 17, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Hiroki Kuroda never looked particularly bad this spring, but he never looked overwhelmingly sharp either. Today he looked sharp. Kuroda allowed one run through four innings. Of his 59 pitches, 49 were strikes.

“Very happy with this outing compared to the last one,” Kuroda said. “My command was better. I was able to throw all my pitches where I wanted. … I’m not a power pitcher. I don’t strike out a lot of hitters. The less pitches the better.”

This was more the kind of outing the Yankees expected when they gave Kuroda $10 million this offseason.

“I thought he was really good,” Joe Girardi said. “I thought his fastball command was good. I thought his sinker was really good, (so was) his split. He threw some curveballs. Good outing for him. I thought he threw the ball well and it’s kind of what you’re going to see. He’s going to locate.”

• Robinson Cano’s first spring homer was positively crushed to right field. “I hit that one pretty good,” Cano said. “I don’t think I could any one any harder than that.” Cano said he never saw where it landed, and someone joked that it still hadn’t. “That’s good,” Cano said. “I might see it when I go out then.”

• Mariano Rivera needed eight pitches — seven strikes — to get through his scoreless fifth inning. “I feel good, thank you very much,” he said. “I felt good out there. Got a little sweat. It was good.”

• Rivera has gone 24 consecutive spring training innings without allowing an earned run. That dates back to 2008.

• Girardi’s take on Rivera’s inning: “It was the inning that I was on TV so it was a good inning to bring Mo in.”

• Dellin Betances pitched just one scoreless inning today, and that was according to plan. Betances will pitch again mid-to-late next week, and the Yankees didn’t want him to go too many days between appearances. He’s still getting stretched out, just needed to face a few hitters today. “His last two outings have been really good,” Girardi said. “He has had command of his three pitches. I’ve been very pleased. His first one, it was like a guy who hadn’t thrown since October. Since then, I’ve been very pleased with what he has done.”

• Eduardo Nunez played only four innings today, but that’s strictly because he hasn’t played in almost two weeks. His bruised right hand actually felt good the whole time, and he got an infield single to show for it. “I’ll take it,” Nunez said.

• Russell Martin has been scratched from tomorrow’s trip strictly because Girardi decided to let Martin, Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher all rest until Tuesday. “During the season I probably could have played all three of them today,” Girardi said. “But we might as well be safe.”

• The plan is for Dave Robertson to throw a bullpen tomorrow. He played catch and did more running today.

• Another hitless day for Raul Ibanez. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and is hitting .071 this spring. “I’m not worried about it,” Girardi said. “I thought his at-bats were better today. This is a guy that hasn’t played every day this spring, it’s not like he’s in a groove. We’ll get him going.”

• Freddy Garcia said this morning that he expects to miss only one start because of his swollen right hand. Girardi agreed, saying Garcia was scheduled to pitch on Monday but that outing will be pushed back. Doesn’t sound like a long-term problem.

• The plan is for Andy Pettitte to be in Tampa in time for Tuesday’s workout. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen that day. Wonder what I’ll be writing about that day.

• Pettitte’s old locker has been assigned to Kuroda, and word is that the clubhouse guys are going to choose a new spot for Pettitte rather than move Kuroda. What woudl Kuroda do if Pettitte asked for his old spot? “Of course I’m going to move out somewhere (if he asks),” Kuroda said. Someone jokingly asked what would have if Pettitte, for some reason, wanted Kuroda’s number too. Kuroda laughed. “I would be honored to give him my number,” he said. I doubt that’s going to be an issue.

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64 Responses to “Saturday notes: Kuroda locates through four strong innings”

  1. Jerkface March 17th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Betances looked pretty good. The swing he got on his curve was hilarious.

  2. m March 17th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Wow. Kurosawa sounds like a great teammate.

    “What if Andy asked for your wife?”. :D

  3. RadioKev March 17th, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Jerkface,

    His curve was either super nasty or a little flat. I’ve never seen a curve with that type of break..

    I thought his fastball command was spotty and wasn’t impressed with his velocity today. The change looked pretty good. He’s clearly got major weapons.

  4. MTU March 17th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I’m hoping that both Betances and Banuelos both stay healthy and have great seasons at AAA.

    If they settle their remaining issues and get their 150 innings or so they will both be ready to compete for a spot in next year’s rotation.

    That would be the best of all possible worlds.

    :)

  5. luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Jerkface March 17th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Betances looked pretty good. The swing he got on his curve was hilarious.

    =========================================

    Yes, his curveball is sick….His CU wasn’t bad either

  6. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:19 pm
    GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Why pulling the cord so low?…To avoid detection?

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    It’s training for silent and fast insertion into an area unfriendly to troops. Usually, those insertions are night time jumps. In training, you have to hit the target…preferrably on your feet…all of this fully loaded with about 100 pounds of equipment plus weapons, not counting parachute and protective clothing. used to rescue kidnap victims or capture high value targets.

  7. MTU March 17th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Everybody have a good evening.

    I’ll catch ya’ all tomorrow.

    Or at least later on.

    :)

  8. m March 17th, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    *Kuroda

    the auto-correct over-rode my correcting the auto-correct.

    Kuroda looked good today. Efficient. Flash said he’s the kind of guy catchers love to catch.

  9. luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks GB7, interesting….I gather is not an easy thing to do….At night with 100 pounds of equipment ? Jesus! that must be tough.

  10. luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Good night MTU have a good one

  11. RadioKev March 17th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Night MTU

  12. luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    Bret,

    I don’t want you to water down….I still love to hear your crazy trade ideas and the not so crazy too!! ;)

  13. Jerkface March 17th, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Produce the post where I said Jeter should beat him up in the locker room or shut up.

    GreenBeret7 June 4th, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    jeter needs to take gardner into the locker room and beat the crap out of him if he’s going to jerk around on the bases. The players that would bother as much would be Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano.

  14. Bret The Hitman March 17th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Luis,

    Just think all the times I included Montero in a trade proposal. That must’ve drove everyone here crazy because they were convinced he was untouchable.

    :lol:

  15. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:37 pm
    Thanks GB7, interesting….I gather is not an easy thing to do….At night with 100 pounds of equipment ? Jesus! that must be tough.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Interesting, yep. The real danger though is probably to the trainers that jump with their students. The jumps on land are a piece of cake compared to the water jumps. same thing except jumping into water means getting rid of that ‘chute and not losing your equiment. Lot of training and the training is tougher than the missions. The washout rate is extreme. Maybe a class of 20 graduates 3or 4.

  16. luis March 17th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Bret The Hitman March 17th, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Luis,

    Just think all the times I included Montero in a trade proposal. That must’ve drove everyone here crazy because they were convinced he was untouchable.
    ===============================================

    :) Don’t get me started!!

  17. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    GB7,
    The Army SEALS. They rain with SF, too.

  18. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    The Navy ones, I meant
    .

  19. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Tom, the swimming part was never good. Not at all a good swimmer. I can keep myself from drowning but helping somebody else in trouble is NOT GOOD.

  20. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    GB7
    You know, the guys I’m in awe of are the Coast Guard jumpers, pilots and crew. Out there everyday.

  21. MaineYankee March 17th, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    GB7
    You know, the guys I’m in awe of are the Coast Guard jumpers, pilots and crew. Out there everyday.

    ——————————————————-

    Have you seen the show about the Coast Guard in Alaska?

  22. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 7:57 pm
    GB7
    You know, the guys I’m in awe of are the Coast Guard jumpers, pilots and crew. Out there everyday.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    trying to rescue somebody in the water that’s fighting you because of fear is not my idea of a pleasant swim with Esther Williams.

  23. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Yesterday’s camp cuts and assignments. 56 players left in the big camp.

    http://www.yesnetwork.com/news.....038;vkey=4

  24. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    •The Indians are looking for a leftfielder but have no interest in Johnny Damon because of his lackluster defense, a Cleveland front office executive told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (Twitter link). In an interview with Bowden on MLB Network Radio this week, the veteran said that he plans to take his time in choosing a team as he looks for an everyday job.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    a pity that they have no one of value they can trade.

  25. mick March 17th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Man, it’s boring in here without the fights…

  26. luis March 17th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    stuckey March 17th, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    “I am not taking sides.”

    But you should take a stand.

    Problem is, many of the biggest abusers of all the things being discussed today are blind their their own abusive ways and being reminded by someone they consider themselves in a feud with just emboldens them more.

    One of the posters you are clearly most friendly with Luis was a one-man bile-fest for a good 2 hours late last night.

    Perhaps if this poster heard it from you, then that would make an impact.

    The “I’m not going to name names, but…” approach doesn’t work, because people engaging in the conduct don’t think you’re talking about them.

    What this form needs is personal accountability, not broad pep talks.

    =======================================================

    I am going to take my time answering your post….

    1) I think that the poster you are referring to was attacked first….Wether that would have been my course of action or not is a different matter. But i do understand him, in fact , many people have disagreed with him and as long as is made in a polite manner, he will answer in kind.

    2) Yes, i consider him my friend and i have a great deal of respect toward him, and as such, if i disagree with him on those kind of issues, i will do so in a private manner. There is no point in doing it publicly other than to add more fuel to the fire.

    3)As i told you the other night i do understand where you are coming from, and i think that if the level of discourse was better, things would be much better, but that doesn’t give you the right to patronize me or other posters…As you can see, i merely suggested a better way to deal with disagreements and gave kudos to others that explained it in a much better way than i could.

  27. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    Is Kuroda being moved?

    Kuroda may be on the move very soon. His locker on pitchers’ row at Steinbrenner Field is the same one that Pettitte occupied before his retirement, and so Kuroda said, “Of course I’m going to move out somewhere” if Pettitte wants the locker back.

  28. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Tommy T.,

    How are things going with you? You haven’t been around much.

    Watching the results of Rivera, reminds me of september 1964 when Pedro Ramos came out of the pen in the 9th. You could see the hitters almost give up as he stepped over the bullpen fence. Not being able to get him 5 days earlier cost the Yanks the WS that year.
    **************************************************************************
    Doing great GB. I have been checking in about every day or sometimes at night, just not posting a whole lot
    How are things in the great state of Ga. ?

  29. luis March 17th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Stuckey,

    I take back the patronizing part of the post, i misread your post, please excuse me.

  30. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    This Day in Mickey Mantle History:
    March 14, 1951: Mickey is called out going from first to third on a single. Asked if the ump got the call wrong, Manager Casey Stengel says, “He got there so fast the ump must’ve thought he crossed the pitcher’s mound to get to third!”

  31. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Tommy T.

    Doing fine here. Working on the house until the money runs out, like now. Take a break until I rob the next bank. Weather’s been great so far. georgia is georgia. good food, good music and people are people everywhere…some good, some bad and the rest are wishy-washy..that is, depends on what day it is.

    You getting ready for a new season? hard to believe that it wa 50 years ago when Mantle won his last MVP, Richardson was almost drug out to the right field fence by McCovey and you won the AL ROY.

  32. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Tommy T.,

    stengel had a great line for every occassion, huh?

  33. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Really Did. And The Yanks thought he was too old. He was really younger than Torre in NY I think

  34. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Was’t in Kucks, when Casey was asked what he was going to be in the future, said “Well, he’s got a chance of being 30″?

  35. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Sounds about right Tom, I remember the quote, just not who it was about

  36. tom tresh 15 March 17th, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    If you’re so smart, let’s see you get out of the Army.
    Casey Stengel

  37. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    the real reason for letting stengel go was that Ralph Houk had another job offer and the Yanks didn’t want to lose him. They cut george weiss loose at the same time. He was much too predudiced for Webb and Topping. Weiss was the one that kelpt the Yanks from signing Mays, Aaron and Banks…all scouted and recommended by Tom Greenwade.

  38. GreenBeret7 March 17th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 8:43 pm
    Was’t in Kucks, when Casey was asked what he was going to be in the future, said “Well, he’s got a chance of being 30??

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    I believe that was the Mets rookie phenom, Greg Goosen.

  39. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Earlier morning than usual morning tomorrow. See you folks in the morning.

  40. stuckey March 17th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Luis,

    You can’t offend me, don’t worry about it.

    That said, I wasn’t even referring to any personal matters here. I’m talking about post after post attacking Girardi and Cashman not due to their judgment on baseball manners, but their character.

    You aspire to raise the discourse, I commend you. But it can’t just be respect for people in the forum, it has to be a sense of respect for others in general, which is sorely lacking.

    People want to use the Yankees FO has target practice, but then command courtesy and respect for themselves. I don’t think so.

    As to your second point, you already DID do it publicly, which was my point. If you’re going to excuse some people because of your personal feelings, your message is empty.

  41. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Should have gone to bed, but still watching Iowa State (family ties) vs Kentucky. Anybody see Leslie Visser? Looks 30, actually 60. Modern surgery to the rescue!

  42. Ys Guy March 17th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Big dellin B’s got it going on! if he wasnt #12 or so on the depth chart, he could be a factor this year, but it’s even better that he’s gotta wait his turn.

  43. luis March 17th, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    You can’t offend me, don’t worry about it.

    =====================

    I never meant it to be offensive…But it was clearly unfair from my part, but thanks anyway.

    Good night

  44. tomingeorgia March 17th, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    Great game on CBS. Iowa State an Kentucky now tied.

  45. MG March 17th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Knicks about to win their 3rd in a row by double digits with Mike Woodson as coach. This is probably the most impressive, the back end of a home and home on the road against a good Indiana team.

    Sometimes you just need to make a coaching change because a different voice is needed, this is just the latest example.

  46. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    knicks shutdown D……woodson sending a message

  47. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    sits fields after he acted up…love the glare

  48. stuckey March 17th, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    Knicks 102
    Pacers 88

    Okay, NOW I’m impressed.

  49. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    bucks looking better with montae ellis

  50. MG March 17th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I only saw the 2nd half but the intensity of the Knicks D is very impressive, they are all over the opposition and making more effective switches and double teams than at any point in the last 10 years of garbage basketball.

    I hope all of the anguish about Melo being a ball hog comes to an end, if anything he is differing too much.

  51. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    indy had 35 after 1st Q…woodsanity took over as only 57 pts scored last 3 Q’s

  52. Ys Guy March 17th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    did the knicks wear green today? (met’s did)

  53. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    make that 53…even better…DEFENSE

  54. MG March 17th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:40 pm
    make that 53…even better…DEFENSE
    ——————-
    teams can no longer abuse the Knicks by taking the ball to the hole, the Knicks must have had 5 steals in the 2nd half on those kinds of plays.

  55. jr1212 March 17th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    It’s only 3 games but the NYK look like a much better team. The effort and energy is amazing considering the fact that 3 weeks there was none. Starting to like Woodson for the permanent job…

  56. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    That said, I wasn’t even referring to any personal matters here. I’m talking about post after post attacking Girardi and Cashman not due to their judgment on baseball manners, but their character.

    You aspire to raise the discourse, I commend you. But it can’t just be respect for people in the forum, it has to be a sense of respect for others in general, which is sorely lacking.

    People want to use the Yankees FO has target practice, but then command courtesy and respect for themselves. I don’t think so.
    ///

    Stuckey,

    Do you work for the New York Yankees?

    Simple question:

    Yes or No.

    If I have transgressed Lohud’s posting policies by expressing my fan displeasure with how

    management has treated long-standing Yankee players, the moderators have failed to notify me.

    But I will say this: your hounding of a poster here who has no responsibility for what I think or

    what I post now borders on obsessiveness and stalking of that poster.

    If anyone is lacking in internet etiquette, it’s surely you. I have chosen not to interact with you,

    and apparently, you can’t accept that. I’ll tell you why I choose not to: I find your posts

    thoroughly disingenuous and mired in irrelevancies you think you’ve discovered in fellow posters’

    arguments that then set you off on a didactic spree about posting methodology. You hunt for

    subtext that often just isn’t there, and try to discredit a point of view based on why you “think”

    they hold the opinion they do. I don’t find it stimulating reading, and really, I don’t

    think it has much to do with baseball. Trying to get to me through another poster, whom you

    relentlessly hunt down here, because I have chosen to not interact with you, is the very

    definition of trolling.

  57. stuckey March 17th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Knicks may have dug themselves too big a hole to climb into a more favorable first round bracket, but one team in front of them that I think is VERY vulnerable is Boston.

    Look at this run in their schedule starting April 1:

    vs
    Miami

    vs
    San Antonio

    @
    Chicago

    @
    Indiana

    vs
    Philadelphia

    @
    Miami

    vs
    Atlanta

    That’s brutal.

  58. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Big Game vs Bucks March 26

  59. Nilsson March 17th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    MG March 17th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I hope all of the anguish about Melo being a ball hog comes to an end, if anything he is differing too much.

    ——————————————————————————–

    It wasn’t so much the “ball hogging” as it was the overall effort given by Melo under D’Antoni. When your star player is giving lackluster effort, it trickles down to the rest of the club. He’s giving it now. Hope it continues.

  60. stuckey March 17th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    “Do you work for the New York Yankees?”

    No.

    “If I have transgressed Lohud’s posting policies by expressing my fan displeasure with how management has treated long-standing Yankee players, the moderators have failed to notify me.”

    Irrelevant.

    I was RESPONDING to a conversation I did not start, which was members of this community proactively discussing ways to improve the discourse here. Violations of the TOS wasn’t the focus on the conversation before I participated and it isn’t now.

    “I have chosen not to interact with you, and apparently, you can’t accept that.”

    Why do you keep implying that? I can accept it fine.

    Was your choice suppose to affect mine?

    “Trying to get to me through another poster, whom you relentlessly hunt down here, because I have chosen to not interact with you, is the very definition of trolling.”

    If I have something I want to respond to you’ve that you’ve posted, I do. Directly. Not sure why there is any confusion here.

    I’ve had my own conversations with Luis. I will continue to do that as well.

    If I have something to say to you, I will. Like I did last month, last week, last night. This is frankly an odd, self-obsessed response.

  61. mick March 17th, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Melo is in transition. His role is changing. He cannot be expected to carry this team night after night. That was a losing mentality. They have other weapons, the greatest one being defense.

  62. J. Alfred Prufrock March 17th, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    No, Stuckey, it’s on point.

    I have nothing else to say on the subject.

  63. mick March 17th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Knick tickets thru the roof on Stubhub

  64. jimmy1138 March 18th, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Kuroda has #18 – for Japanese pitchers that’s actually a big deal because the ace of a team always wears 18 or 11…

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