Game 148: Yankees at Orioles • 09.14.14
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-9, 3.91)
Kuroda vs. Orioles
Nick Markakis RF
Alejandro De Aza LF
Adam Jones CF
Nelson Cruz RF
Steve Pearce 1B
J.J. Hardy SS
Kelly Johnson 3B
Nick Hundley C
Jonathan Schoop 2B
RHP Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36)
Tillman vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 8:05 p.m., ESPN
WEATHER: Starting to get just a little bit, but ultimately a nice night for a game.
UMPIRES: HP Ed Hickox, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Tim Welke
FEELS LIKE HOME: Brian McCann hit his third road home run of the season yesterday. It was his first road homer since May 23 in Chicago, snapping a 37-game road homerless stretch. It marked the second-longest such stretch of his career behind a 48-game span on the road that ended in 2011 with Atlanta.
TWO AWAY: Derek Jeter remains two runs away from tying Alex Rodriguez for the ninth-most runs in baseball history.
THEY SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY: St. Louis native Josh Outman is celebrating his 30th birthday today. Someone get this guy a cup of Ted Drewes and a bottle of Perennial.
UPDATE, 9:05 p.m.: Kuroda is through three scoreless. And with Prado leading off the fourth inning, the Yankees are surely about to get another run. They’re up 1-0 because of yet another Prado homer in the second inning.
UPDATE, 9:30 p.m.: Middle of the fifth with the Yankees still holding that 1-0 lead.
UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Kuroda is through five scoreless. Huge return to form after Tuesday’s rough start at home.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m.: Line drive deflected by Prado becomes an RBI double for Jones, tying the game at 1 here in the sixth inning.
UPDATE, 10:03 p.m.: Drew might have saved a run there. Nice diving stop to keep the ball in the infield, which forced Jones to stop at third base.
UPDATE, 10:16 p.m.: Wow. Carlos Beltran just stepped on deck and the Orioles are going to Andrew Miller.
UPDATE, 10:20 p.m.: Took a shot, but Beltran is down swinging and the inning is over.
Plenty of confusion tonight about the fifth-inning play at the plate that essentially cost the Yankees their best chance to tie the game. But the reality is — and everyone seemed to agree — that baseball’s evolving rule about blocking the plate never should have come into play because Stephen Drew never should have been waved home in the first place.
“To begin with, just a bad send,” third-base coach Rob Thomson said. “Just an error on my judgment. I take full responsibility for it. We’re all accountable around here. It just wasn’t a good decision. Nobody out, the middle of the lineup coming to the plate, I’ve got to stop him right there. I thought the outfielder was going a little bit further to the line. He came up and squared up (to throw) pretty quick. I should’ve stopped him. … From my perspective, the ruling doesn’t really come into play. It’s just a matter of whether I think that guy is going to be able to score or not, and (the rule) shouldn’t come into play, especially with nobody out.”
Or, to put it another way:
“You can’t make the first out at home,” Joe Giradi said. “It’s a quick decision he has to make. It’s a bang-bang decision — and it’s not an easy job — but you have the bases loaded and nobody out (if he doesn’t send the runner).”
The confusion came because Rays catcher Ryan Hanigan clearly blocked the plate without the ball, but the league actually sent a memo earlier today saying that catchers can stand in front of the plate if they have the ball in plenty of time (basically making sure runners aren’t safe on a technicality, which is the best Drew could have hoped for). With or without the memo, it seems Drew would have been allowed to run over the catcher, but runners are basically conditioned to slide at this point.
“They still want them to slide,” Girardi said. “It really hasn’t changed a whole lot. They talk about they want the guys to slide. And the guys know that if the guy’s blocking the plate, they can run them over. They are so used to sliding now, in a sense, it’s going back and forth.”
That’s what Drew said. He basically had no lane and wasn’t sure what he was allowed to do, so he slid. But it all comes back to the decision to send the runner.
“If I had to do it again I’d probably do it the other way (and run him over) because of the outcome,” Drew said. “… At the time I thought it was be a little closer than it was when Tomper sent me there. At that point, it was already too late.”
• I’ll probably write more about this in the morning, but my impression of Girardi and everyone else was that this was the most resigned the Yankees have seemed all season. This really felt like the blow that knocked out what little hope remains for a playoff push. “It leaves us in a pretty big hole,” Girardi said. “Basically we have to win every day. That’s the bottom line: we have to win every day.”
• Girardi pointed out that immediately after Drew was thrown out at the plate, Derek Jeter still had a chance to drive in the tying run and he instead lined into double play. Sending Drew was a bad decision. Jeter’s ball was pretty bad luck.
• Girardi also called it bad luck that Ichiro Suzuki was doubled up at second base in the seventh inning. Ichiro had singled and stolen second base and he had a great jump trying to steal third, but Drew flied to right and Ichiro couldn’t get back in time.
• Chris Young drove in two of the Yankees three runs tonight. He got his first Yankees hit in his first Yankees start. It was his first hit and first start since August 5 with the Mets. It was his first RBI July 30 and first multi-RBI game since July 13.
• The other Yankees run came on Jacoby Ellsbury’s 15th home run. This is the second time in his career that he’s hit at least 15 homers in a season. Ellsbury is hitting .361 with 12 runs, three triples, five homers and 15 RBI in his past 19 games.
• Brutal game for Hiroki Kuroda, who’d been pitching extremely well before tonight’s debacle. “I had a great start in the first inning,” Kuroda said. “But I feel like they changed their approach in the second inning on, and I wasn’t able to re-adjust instantly. … I guess I should have changed my approach on my first pitches, which I didn’t do.”
• Kuroda struck out the game’s first three batters, but beginning with a leadoff homer in the second, he allowed four runs on nine hits without pitching through the fourth inning. It was the first time this season that he lasted fewer than four innings. “I just didn’t think he located his fastball very well and his split didn’t have quite the bite it had all of his other starts that we’ve been seeing when he’s been on a roll,” Girardi said.
• This was Kuroda’s shortest outing since May 22 of last year, and it was the most hits he’d ever allowed in a start of 3.1 innings or less. He was one hit shy of a season-high in hits allowed.
• The Yankees bullpen was exceptional. Seven relievers combined for 5.2 scoreless innings with just two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The bullpen has pitched 20.2 scoreless inning in their past six games.
• Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 while playing in his 2,730th career game. He is now tied with Mel Ott for the eight-most games ever played among players who played their whole career with one team. According to Elias, Jeter also tied Ott for the most games ever played for a New York MLB team.
• We’ll give the final word to Mark Teixeira: “I mean, we want to win, obviously. That’s a tough game. We made a little run there, but you have to get to these guys before their eighth- and ninth-inning relievers. They’re two of the best in baseball. We had some chances in the middle innings but just couldn’t get over the hump. … We have to win a lot of games. We’ve said it before; we have very little margin for error. We have to try to win every night.”
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Game 142: Yankees vs. Rays • 09.09.14
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (10-8, 3.78)
Kuroda vs. Rays
Ben Zobrist 2B
David DeJesus DH
Evan Longoria 3B
James Loney 1B
Wil Myers RF
Matt Joyce LF
Yunel Escobar SS
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Ryan Hanigan C
RHP Chris Archer (8-8, 3.60)
Archer vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., MY9
WEATHER: Cloudy and cool, but only a very slight chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Larry Vanover, 2B Marcus Pattillo, 3B Angel Hernandez
ONE AWAY: Derek Jeter has played in 2,729 games with the Yankees, ninth most among players who have played all of their games with one team. Tonight he will tie the Giants’ Mel Ott for eighth-most all time.
TWO AWAY: Jeter has scored 1,917 runs in his career. He’s two away from tying Alex Rodriguez for the ninth-most in baseball history.
WHAT A RELIEF: Over their last five games, Yankees relievers have pitched 15 scoreless innings (5 hits, 1 walk, 19 strikeouts).?In their past 16 games since August 22, the Yankees bullpen has produced a 1.34 ERA and held opponents to a .171 batting average.
UPDATE, 7:22 p.m.: Well that was crushed. Kuroda struck out the side in the first inning, but the second inning has started with a long home run by James Loney. Rays take an early lead. Question is, can the Yankees score a run tonight?
UPDATE, 7:38 p.m.: Nothing happening for the Yankees offense through the first two innings. You probably assumed that to be true, though.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Bunch of third-inning singles have pushed the Rays lead to 3-0. Meanwhile, the Yankees are being no-hit heading into the fourth. So, you know, just another day at the office.
UPDATE, 8:17 p.m.: Well, Kuroda is finished after nine hits and four runs in 3.1 innings. No good at all for the Yankees, who rarely have much chance to win on nights they don’t get a strong pitching performance. Here’s David Huff.
UPDATE, 8:53 p.m.: I don’t like the blocking the plate rule, but if it’ s a rule, how is that not blocking the plate? I thought we’d have a tied game at 4, instead Drew is out at the plate and the Yankees two runs here in the fifth came on a two-run single by Chris Young. It’s 4-3 Rays.
UPDATE, 9:43 p.m.: Ichiro stole second, and then decided to steal third. He was running on the pitch, Drew flied to right, and Ichiro was doubled up at second. Base running hurts the Yankees yet again.
Before CC Sabathia hurt his knee, before Michael Pineda went down with a shoulder injury, and long before Masahiro Tanaka tore his elbow ligament, Hiroki Kuroda finished the month of April with a 5.28 ERA. He was 39 years old, he’d been brutal down the stretch last year, and it was worth wondering whether Kuroda had finally run out of steam. For a moment, he was actually one of the Yankees more significant rotation concerns.
Since his second May start, thought, Kuroda’s had a 3.43 ERA. At a time when the Yankees rotation has desperately needed some sort of stability, Kuroda’s been basically the exact same source of consistency that he was the past two years.
“Some of the other years he’s been here, his April has been a little bit inconsistent,” manager Joe Girardi said. “So I felt like maybe he’s going through the (typical) April. He didn’t have his arm strength, didn’t have a slider. There was a little bit of a concern about that, but you saw it come around in May which put that all to rest.”
This rotation has been a stunning source of strength for the Yankees, and much of the credit has gone to the replacement starters. The Yankees have been kept afloat by the arrival of Shane Greene, the trade for Brandon McCarthy, the return of Pineda, the scrap-heap addition of Chris Capuano, the short-term boost of Chase Whitley, and the injury-shortened improvement of David Phelps.
In all of that, Kuroda has been overshadowed, but he led the way in tonight’s win to snap this three-game losing streak. He’s won his last three decisions, and he’s gone at least six innings with no more than two runs in each of his past four starts. Kuroda faded down the stretch the past two seasons, but this year he seems to be at his best near the end.
Kuroda said he’s been throwing fewer pitches between starts all year, and he skipped a bullpen heading into this start. He’s just trying to stay strong and avoid that familiar slide.
“Especially last year, I didn’t have a good month of September,” he said. “So I just wanted to change that, and I just wanted to contribute to my team. … I don’t know exactly what’s working, to be honest with you, but because I have to do my everyday workout to get my work in, and because I cannot skip a rotation turn or start, I just want to make sure I stay active.”
Kuroda has pitched into the sixth inning in 13 of his past 14 starts, and the last time he allowed more than four runs — earned or unearned — was way back on April 25.
“He just had another start that he’s had all year long,” Brian McCann said. “I feel like he’s been so consistent day in and day out, pitch after pitch. He just keeps making them.”
Standing at his locker postgame, Martin Prado sounded frustrated but at least a little bit optimistic. He considered the MRI largely precautionary, and he said a day of nothing but treatment seems to have done at least some good for his strained left hamstring.
“I think we made a little progress today,” he said. “We’ll see how I respond tomorrow. We did everything we could today to make some progress. … Tomorrow we’re going to, I heard, we’re going to do some activities. Hit and do everything normal to see how I react.”
Seems unlikely that Prado will play tomorrow, but he seems to think this should be — or at least could be — a fairly short-term issue.
“I know that I’ll probably miss just one or two days and not the rest of the season, so I was trying to be smart about it,” he said. “I don’t feel it walking. I feel, actually, normal. But when you’re playing, it’s not like I’m going to say I’m going to play 50 percent. I have to go 100 percent or I can’t play. We’ll see tomorrow. I’ll try to do everything I can to get back in the game.”
• We’ll get into all the good things the offense did in a bit, but first: the first-inning rundown debacle. “Gardy did not get a good jump and he has to stop,” Girardi said. “Jeet had third base easy. Gardy has to stop there, and running into two outs — I wasn’t real happy about it, but we made up for it and that mistake didn’t cost us dearly, fortunately.”
• If you missed the play, it was a double steal, and the Red Sox threw to second instead of third. Because of his bad jump, Gardner stop short of the bag, tried to get into a rundown to let Jeter score, but Jeter never broke for home, ventured too far off third base, and the Red Sox ultimately threw over to get him out. They then fired to second, and Gardner was out as well. Just brutal.
• Before the game, Kevin Long actually talked about the fact the Yankees have run themselves into too many outs this season. “How many times have you seen it happen this year where we’ve run ourselves out of an inning or we do something like that?” Long said. “It’s happened 8-to-10 times. That’s a lot.” When it happened again, Girardi addressed the Yankees base running issues. “Sometimes it’s overaggressiveness,” Girardi said. “You look at the one we did last night, it’s not picking up the runner in front of you. It’s not like these guys aren’t experienced, and they know what they need to do. Sometimes it’s just a matter of playing too hard and trying too hard (that causes the team) to make mistakes.”
• On the offensive bright side: Brian McCann. He has homered in a career-high three straight home games. He matched his career-high with four hits, something he’s now done 11 times (last time was July 6 of last year). “I was covering both sides of the plate, working counts and swinging at strikes,” he said.
• McCann’s now hit 17 home runs this season, and 15 of them have come at Yankee Stadium. Two other players in franchise history have hit 15 of their first 17 Yankees home runs in home games: Joe Sewell in 1931-32 and Oscar Gamble in 1976. That’s according to Elias. Oddly enough, I did not know that off the top of my head.
• Jacoby Ellsbury had a triple and a sacrifice fly and is now hitting .415 with two doubles, two triples and four home runs in his past 14 games.
• Dellin Betances struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning. He now has 122 strikeouts in 81 innings this season and has a good chance to be the Yankees season leader in strikeouts while pitching the entire season out of the bullpen. He’s tied Goose Gossage for the second-most reliever strikeouts in a season (Gossage did it in 134.1 innings in 1978). The record is 130 set by Mariano Rivera in 107.2 innings 1996.
• Also a bunch of strikeouts tonight for Kuroda, who tied a season-high with eight strikeouts. He also did that in May against the Angels. This was his fourth career start of at least seven innings with at least eight strikeouts and no walks. He did that once in 2008, once in 2009, and twice this year.
• Both Kuroda and Girardi had kind words for McCann’s ability to work with Kuroda through these strong outings. “He has a great idea what the pitchers stuff is and how it equates to getting each hitter out,” Girardi said. “Sometimes you can say, ‘Well, (the batter) is not a good changeup hitter.’ Well if you don’t have a changeup, that becomes an issue, so you have too find another way to get hitters out and I think Brian is very good at knowing what he needs to do with Hiro and the type of stuff he has and figuring out how to get outs.”
• Because Detroit lost, the Yankees gained a game and now trail by four games for the second wild card. “It’s impossible not to watch (the scoreboard),” Girardi said. “It’s human nature. You watch it all year long. We’re baseball people, that’s what we do. There’s always that curiosity, but obviously you know what’s going on.”
• Final word goes to McCann: “It’s big. At this point, our mindset here is to just win as many games as we can. We’ve got one month to turn it on and we plan on doing that.”
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Game 137: Yankees vs. Red Sox • 09.03.14
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.88)
Kuroda vs. Red Sox
RED SOX (61-77)
Brock Holt 3B
Mookie Betts CF
David Ortiz DH
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Daniel Nava RF
Allen Craig 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Christian Vazquez C
Jemile Weeks 2B
RHP Anthony Ranaudo (3-0, 4.50)
Ranaudo vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 7:05 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
WEATHER: Cooler than last night, which is a welcome change. Very little bit of wind blowing out to center.
UMPIRES: HP Tim Welke, 1B Todd Tichenor, 2B Clint Fagan, 3B Tim Timmons
YEAR IN REVIEW: Of the 25 calls Joe Girardi has challenged this season, 20 have been overturned in the Yankees’ favor. That’s the best success rate in baseball. The Yankees have had calls successfully overturned in each of their last seven challenges and in 11 of their last 12 (since June 6).
ROLL CALL: After getting Chaz Roe and Chris Young into last night’s game, the Yankees have now used 55 players this season, the second-highest total in franchise history. They’re one away from tying last year’s total, which means they could get there by getting Antoan Richardson in a game. There’s no one else on the roster who hasn’t already played in a Yankees game this season.
FINALLY, A BIG HIT: After tonight’s postgame show, the YES Network will premiere Aaron Boone Yankeeography: Moments of Glory which focuses on Boone’s 11th-inning, 2003 ALCS Game 7 game-winning home run which sent the Yankees to the World Series. The special features interviews with Boone, Willie Randolph, Joe Torre, Mike Mussina, Tim Wakefield, Kevin Millar, David Wells and Jorge Posada.
UPDATE, 7:26 p.m.: Quite a bunt by Gardner. Two on and one out for Beltran.
UPDATE, 7:28 p.m.: My gosh. That was a complete mess. Worse base running than last night? Has to be, right?
UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.: Maybe it’s not going to be one of those nights after all. Brian McCann just sent a no-doubt, two-run homer into the second deck and it’s a 2-0 Yankees.
UPDATE, 7:58 p.m.: Kuroda through three scoreless. Five strikeouts already.
UPDATE, 8:48 p.m.: Bases loaded in the fifth, the Yankees didn’t run themselves out of a scoring opportunity this time. Jacoby Ellsbury lifted a deep sacrifice fly, and now Jeter is up with two outs and two on trying to extend the lead even further.
UPDATE, 8:49 p.m.: Hit the ball fairly hard, but it’s right to the right fielder for an inning-ending fly out. Yankees will head into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead.
UPDATE, 8:58 p.m.: RBI double by Holt has the Red Sox on the board, Yankees still up 3-1. Pretty hard-hit ball over Gardner’s head. First time Kuroda’s really had much trouble tonight.
When a team is winning, a $20 horsehead mask bought on Amazon feels like good luck.
When a team has lost two of three in a tight wild card race, a one-run loss feels like rock bottom.
“That’s about as bad as I’ve felt walking off a mound in my career,” Shawn Kelley said.
Surely a misplaced slider on August 28 isn’t the low point of Kelley’s career, but I have no doubt it’s going to feel that way on the flight to Toronto. Three days ago, the Yankees had won five straight and Kelley’s goofy horsehead had become an unlikely team mascot. Now the team has lost two of three and fallen to three games behind both the Tigers and Mariners for the second wild card.
“We need to win every single game,” Derek Jeter said. “I don’t know how else to say it. That’s the approach we need to have. We’re in this position because of how we’ve played up to this point. So we are where we are, and now we need to win.”
As you might expect, there was a definite sense of lost opportunity in the Yankees clubhouse postgame. There were line drive outs. Brian McCann’s near home run was blown just foul. Kelley was one out away from escaping the ninth-inning jam.
When things are going well — when masks are good luck charms, and the team is winning, and 90s hip-hop is blasting in the clubhouse — there’s a real sense that games like this will eventually turn in the Yankees favor. But today, there was no laughing and no music blasting. And that horse mask was nowhere to be found.
“I didn’t watch (the game-winning hit),” Kelley said. “I just put my head down and walked off the field. It would’ve been a nice surprise if he would’ve (caught it), but I assumed it was a homer.”
• To be clear, off the bat I felt certain Alex Avila’s game-winner was a home run. I never thought Ichiro Suzuki had a shot at it until he closed the gap and came fairly close to a full-sprint catch at the wall. Ichiro was close, but I have a hard time suggesting he misplayed it. I’m mostly stunned he got that close. “It’s a do-or-die play,” Ichiro said. “I just went to where I thought the ball was going to be.”
• Girardi on whether Ichiro had a shot to make the catch: “It’s really hard for me to see once it gets out there. I heard him hit the wall, and I think I heard the ball hit the wall. I can’t tell you what exactly happened, but the bottom line is that it ended up being a base hit.”
• Kelley struck out both Nick Castellanos and Torii Hunter on fastballs, and he gave up both the Victor Martinez and Avila base hits on sliders. Surprised he went slider in that two-out situation against Avila? “No, that’s his bread-and-butter pitch,” Girardi said. “He also made some pretty good pitches with some sliders during some of the at-bats too.”
• Kelley on the first-pitch slider to Avila: “I got the outs I wanted to get, and then just overthrew a slider and left it up. Avila can hit that pitch. Most guys can.”
• Everyone involved seem to think McCann had a two-out, three-run home run in the top of the ninth. It seemed fair initially, but it eventually wound its way just foul. “I did (think it would stay fair),” McCann said. “It just kept going. I don’t know if the wind took it or what. It would have been nice if it stayed fair, but it didn’t.”
• Girardi said it “wasn’t a consideration” to use Dellin Betances for two innings tonight, and he indicated that it had nothing to do with using Betances last night. “You feel good about (Kelley) on the mound, especially the way he’s been throwing the baseball,” Girardi said. Kelley’s past five games leading into this one: 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.
• Another pretty good start by Hiroki Kuroda, who has a 3.28 ERA in his past nine games. “I think I was pretty consistent with my splits,” Kuroda said. “I was able to be effective against the right-handers with my split.”
• We’re not into September yet, but Kuroda seems fairly confident that he can finish this season stronger than he did last year. “Yes, I had a bad second half last year and I am conscious of that,” he said. “I try to be different this year.” Kuroda has done things like limit the pitches he throws between starts in an effort to stay strong down the stretch.
• What made rookie Kyle Lobstein so effective? Girardi actually said the Yankees hit the ball better today than they did against David Price. “From the game that I saw, we swung the bats better than we did yesterday,” he said. “We just hit balls at people. That’s unfortunate. One inning we lined out three times. That’s part of the game, and we’re able to put a number of hits together and that’s why we didn’t score, but I actually thought we swung the bats well.”
• Jacoby Ellsbury had one hit, an RBI single. he’s hitting .462 in his past 10 games. Carlos Beltran is also fairly hot lately. He had two hits including a double and is batting .375 on the current road trip. This was his 27th multi-hit game of the season.
• This was the 42nd time the Yankees were limited to two runs or less this season. Little surprise they’re 7-35 in those games.
• Final word to Brett Gardner: “If we make up one game per week we’ll be in good shape at the end. I feel like we’re playing better baseball. Our pitching has been pretty consistent and they give us a chance to win ballgames. We’re headed in the right direction. It’s disappointing today, but we have another game tomorrow so we can’t get too down. We’ll keep grinding away.”
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Game 132: Yankees at Tigers • 08.28.14
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.97) vs.
Kuroda vs. Tigers
Rajai Davis CF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Victor Martinez DH
J.D. Martinez RF
Nick Castellanos 3B
Don Kelly LF
Alex Avila C
Andrew Romine SS
LHP Kyle Lobstein (0-0, 4.76)
Lobstein has never faced the Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s without much chance of rain.
UMPIRES: HP John Tumpane, 1B Bill Welke, 2B James Hoye, 3B Bob Davidson
GOOD WHILE IT’S LASTED: Hiroki Kuroda is 36-32 with a 3.49 ERA in 91 starts with the Yankees, marking the lowest ERA as a starter among pitchers who have made at least 50 starts with the club since 1990. No pitcher has produced a lower career ERA as a starter with the Yankees since Ron Guidry compiled a 3.32 mark in 323 starts with the club from 1975-88 (minimum 50 starts).
COMPLETE SET: Kuroda has never gotten a win against the Tigers. He has at least one career win against every other team. He os attempting to become the 14th pitcher all time to defeat each of the current 30 MLB teams (Kevin Brown, A.J. Burnett, Dan Haren, Randy Johnson, Al Leiter, Derek Lowe, Jamie Moyer, Terry Mulholland, Vicente Padilla, Curt Schilling, Javier Vazquez, Woody Williams, Barry Zito).
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Derek Jeter recorded his 539th career double last night, tying Al Simmons for 34th place on baseball’s all-time list. He needs one double to tie boyhood idol Dave Winfield and Joe Medwick for 32nd place.
UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Two inning in, the Yankees are clearly waiting for that nine-hit third to finally get going offensively.
UPDATE, 1:41 p.m.: Sac fly. Tigers have the early lead.
UPDATE, 1:51 p.m.: Zelous Wheeler with an infield single, gets to second on a throwing error, then scores on a two-out RBI single by red-hot Jacoby Ellsbury. That’s enough to tie the game here in the third inning.
UPDATE, 2:15 p.m.: Get a couple of hits, one goes for extra bases, then an RBI ground out. It’s just that simple, folks. Yankees up 2-1 in the fourth.
UPDATE, 2:37 p.m.: Two-out single by Davis to tie the game at 2. Naturally, we’re back to a question of whether the Yankees will be able to score.
UPDATE, 2:44 p.m.: Pretty hard-hit ball for Teixeira. Looked like it might be a double off the bat, but Davis tracked it down in left center and it’s still a 2-2 game as we head into the bottom of the sixth.
UPDATE, 2:52 p.m.: Kuroda is through six with the game still tied at 2. He’s been fine. Just waiting for one team to actually do something to take control of this game.
UPDATE, 3:21 p.m.: The Yankees got seven innings of two-run ball out of Kuroda. Now here’s Betances to pitch the eighth. It’s still a 2-2 game and hasn’t been a very lively one.
UPDATE, 3:44 p.m.: Brian McCann missed a three-run homer by a couple of feet and ultimately struck out to leave the go-ahead run stranded at third base. Here’s Shawn Kelley to try to keep this from being a walk-off loss.
Pitching matchups in Detroit • 08.26.14
RHP Brandon McCarthy (5-2, 1.90)
RHP Rick Porcello (14-8, 3.10)
7:08 p.m., MY9
RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 3.17)
LHP David Price (12-9, 3.00)
7:08 p.m., YES Network and ESPN
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (9-8, 3.97)
RHP Justin Verlander (11-11, 4.82)
1:08 p.m., YES Network and MLB Network
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Game 127: Yankees vs. White Sox • 08.23.14
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97)
Kuroda vs. White Sox
WHITE SOX (59-69)
Alejandro De Aza LF
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Jose Abreu 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Avisail Garcia RF
Conor Gillaspie 3B
Alexei Ramirez SS
Jordan Danks CF
Adrian Nieto C
RHP Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99)
Carroll vs. Yankees
TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m, YES Network (gonna be a bit late because Joe Torre is quite the talker)
WEATHER: Cloudy and windy.
UMPIRES: HP Tom Woodring, 1B Mike Winters, 2B Andy Fletcher, 3B Mike Muchlinski
PREGAME CEREMONY: Today the Yankees honored Joe Torre with a pregame ceremony to retire his No. 6. Torre compiled a 1,173-767-2 (.605) regular season record and a 76-47 (.618) postseason mark as Yankees skipper, leading the club to the playoffs in each year as manager. He?went 21-11 in the World Series, 27-14 in the ALCS and 28-22 in the ALDS with the club. Torre’s regular season wins total is second in club history to only Joe McCarthy, who went 1,460-867 (.627) over 16 seasons from 1931-46.
THREE HIT DAY? Jacoby Ellsbury has 997 career hits, putting him three away from reaching 1,000 for his career.
COMEBACK KIDS: The Yankees have come from behind in 12 of their past 16 wins.
UPDATE, 1:49 p.m.: Just left Joe Torre’s pregame press conference to find the Yankees trailing 1-0 on back-to-back doubles in the second inning. Hiroki Kuroda’s already over 40 pitches and the second inning isn’t over yet.
UPDATE, 1:56 p.m.: So the White Sox get a lead, then promptly walk the leadoff hitter, botch a groundball and throw away a bunt? Yowza. Yankees being given a gift here in the bottom of the second. Bases loaded with no outs and no hard contact.
UPDATE, 2:03 p.m.: Couple of weak ground balls — one for a double play, one to end the inning — but because of the White Sox mistakes, the Yankees did enough to tie the game at 1.
UPDATE, 2:34 p.m.: Well that got a little screwy. Pretty late sign from Thomson. Bad base running by the Yankees. The only silver lining is that the White Sox let the trail runner get to second on the play.
UPDATE, 2:47 p.m.: Base running goofiness abounds in the fourth inning, but Martin Prado delivers a two-run double and the Yankees are in front 3-1.
UPDATE, 3:06 p.m.: White Sox got a run in the top of the fifth. The Yankees got a hard-hit line drive in the bottom of the inning, but Alexi Ramirez jumped 30 feet in the air — approximately — to rob Mark Teixeira.
UPDATE, 3:16 p.m.: Solo homer for Carlos Beltran. Elbow looks just fine on that swing. Yankees up 4-2.
UPDATE, 3:22 p.m.: Prado gets a hustle double, replay shows he made it, and then he forces the White Sox to make a play and scores on a relatively shallow sac fly. Prado’s third hit of the game, feels like his 20th hit of the week, and the Yankees have at last scored more than four runs in a game. They’re up 5-2.
Pitching matchups vs. White Sox • 08.22.14
RHP Shane Greene (3-1, 2.91)
LHP John Danks (9-8, 4.94)
7:05 p.m, My9
RHP Hiroki Kuroda (8-8, 3.97)
RHP Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99)
1:05 p.m., YES Network
LHP Chris Capuano (1-3, 4.35)
LHP Chris Sale (10-3, 2.12)
1:05 p.m., YES Network
Associated Press photo