Hiroki Kuroda was knocked around tonight, but the biggest blow might have been the one to his right calf. Adding injury to insult, the Yankees 6-3 loss to the Orioles was punctuated by yet another injury. Kuroda was hit by a Manny Machado comebacker in the second inning, and he was pulled from the game three batters later. The Yankees announced the injury as a bruised calf with no immediate word on the severity. Even before the injury, Kuroda was not at his best. Having previously allowed just three home runs all season, Kuroda allowed two in the first inning. He pitched out of trouble in the second — retiring the first batter after the comebacker — but was pulled after the first two batters reached in the third. Preston Claiborne’s second pitch of relief was a three-run homer by Matt Wieters, and the Orioles were in control. The first two Yankees runs were scored by Curtis Granderson, who had his best game since coming off the disabled list. He was 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and a home run. David Adams added a solo homer in the ninth, his second homer in three games. Adam Warren delivered four scoreless innings of relief for the Yankees.
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