Hiroki Kuroda has pitched into the seventh inning without allowing more than two runs in each of his previous four starts. He’s won only half of them.
“Just outstanding location of his fastball and slider, and he’s been able to expand with his split,” Joe Girardi said. “His biggest issue is we haven’t scored him a lot of runs.”
According to ESPN’s stats, Kuroda has averaged 3.86 runs of support this season, a full run less than any other Yankees starter.
“It hasn’t seemed to really affect him,” Girardi said. “I don’t think he goes out and is so careful that he says he can’t give up a run and ends up nibbling too much. I think he’s still aggressive with his sinker. I don’t think it’s really affected him too much. He just goes out and does his job and said, I’m going to let it fall where it falls.”
• It’s raining pretty hard right now, but Girardi thinks the Yankees will play and play on time. “They say there’s a window,” Girardi said. “And from what I saw, it looks like we’re going to be fine at 1. I think we’re going to start on time, unless it’s closed up since I looked at it.”
• With the Yankees in the middle of playing 20 days in a row, and with three turf games coming up this weekend, Nick Swisher gets today’s start at designated hitter. “Just trying to rotate it a little bit as we have day games after night games, we have 20 in a row,” Girardi said. “Just trying to make sure we keep him healthy as well.”
• Girardi said he was prepared to give Eric Chavez a full day off yesterday, but Chavez convinced him otherwise. Girardi said he wouldn’t rule out using either Chavez or Raul Ibanez in one of the games this weekend when the Yankees face three straight left-handers. “I talk to (Chavez) on a daily basis,” Girardi said. “I talked to him yesterday. I thought about giving him a day off and he came in and said he was ready to go. Knowing we have some lefties coming up, I feel like we can do it.”
• This much is certain: Andruw Jones is finally going to see a lot of at-bats this weekend.
• That’s really pretty much all that’s going on here today. The Yankees had a fairly late report time, and now they’re just waiting for his rain to stop. Tarp’s still on the field at the moment.
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