Brett Gardner CF
Derek Jeter SS
Robinson Cano 2B
Alfonso Soriano LF
Vernon Wells RF
Brent Lillibridge 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Chris Stewart C
Hiroki Kuroda P
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51)
Kuroda vs. Dodgers
Carl Crawford LF
Yasil Puig RF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier CF
A.J. Ellis C
Skip Schumaker 2B
Juan Uribe 3B
Clayton Kershaw P
LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.96)
Kershaw vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 10:10 p.m. ET, YES Network
WEATHER: It’s a really nice day here in L.A. A perfect day to do nothing.
UMPIRES: HP CB Bucknor, 1B Quinn Wolcott, 2B Dale Scott, 3B Bill Miller
HIRO WORSHIP (TAKE ONE): Hiroki Kuroda is undefeated in July, going 3-0 in four starts with a 0.69 ERA. With tonight’s start he will look to improve to 6-0 in 10 July starts in two seasons with the Yankees (went 2-0 in five July starts in 2012). He has allowed more than two runs just once over his last eight starts.
HIRO WORSHIP (TAKE TWO): Kuroda has made seven scoreless starts this season, tied for most in the Majors with Pittsburgh’s Jeff Locke.
HIRO WORSHIP (TAKE THREE): Kuroda has made 100 consecutive starts without making a fielding error. He last made an error on July 7, 2010 with the Dodgers against Florida.
UPDATE, 10:32 p.m.: Back-to-back singles off Clayton Kershaw by Vernon Wells and Brent Lillibridge. Yes, really.
UPDATE, 11:09 p.m.: Through three innings, Kuroda is matching Kershaw.
UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: The Dodgers second hit of the game prompts Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” to play here at Dodger Stadium. Andy McCullough is now singing it right next to me while Bryan Hoch begs him to stop. Seriously. That’s what I’m dealing with right now.
UPDATE, 11:59 p.m.: Kershaw and Kuroda are both just terrific. Amazing how good Kuroda’s been for two years now. And this is an awfully dangerous lineup. His challenge is certainly greater than Kershaw’s tonight.
UPDATE, 12:01 a.m.: Well that was a bad move by Gonzalez.
UPDATE, 12:21 a.m.: Kuroda was getting hit a little bit in the seventh, and the Yankees pinch hit for him here in the eighth. Melky Mesa, of all people, singled off Kershaw to put two on with two outs for the top of the order. Up to Brett Gardner now to give the Yankees a lead. Kuroda was outstanding.