At the age of 38, Hiroki Kuroda is having the best season of his career.
The Yankees’ right-hander hurled another gem on Monday night, shutting down the visiting Los Angeles Angels in a 2-0 win. He allowed just three hits and one walk over eight shutout innings while striking out seven for his 11th win of the season.
Kuroda didn’t receive much run support, but he didn’t need it.
The Yankees scratched their first run across the board in the third. Eduardo Nunez singled and went to second on fielder’s choice, eventually scoring on Brett Gardner’s two-out RBI single.
In the seventh, Curtis Granderson added an insurance run with a blast into the second deck in right field. It was third home run of the season as he looks to regain his power stroke after missing most of the year due to injuries.
It was an interesting night for Alex Rodriguez. The controversial third baseman got off to a good start, singling to left-center in his first at-bat. But Rodriguez was awkwardly caught stealing to end the second inning without even making it halfway to second base. He grounded into double plays in each of his next two at-bats, drawing boos from the home crowd.
After blowing his third consecutive save attempt on Sunday against the Tigers, Mariano Rivera was given the night off on Monday.
Boone Logan and David Robertson combined to pitch the ninth, allowing a run on a double from Josh Hamilton.
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