The combination of ongoing injury trouble and playing in a National League park left the Yankees lineup remarkably thin on Tuesday. It didn’t look good on paper, and it didn’t look good on the field. Held to only four hits — all of them singles — the Yankees were beaten 2-0 by a lone Rockies home run, a two-run shot by Carlos Gonzalez that disrupted an otherwise strong start by Hiroki Kuroda. With Eduardo Nunez added to the list of injured Yankees, and Travis Hafner unable to play the field, the Yankees started a lineup that included just three players hitting better than .256 and three players with more than two home runs. The result was predictable. Kuroda was terrific through 5.2 innings, but with two outs in the sixth he allowed a single to Josh Rutledge and the homer to Gonzalez. The Yankees couldn’t match that offense. Kuroda ultimately went seven innings, allowing seven hits and a walk.
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