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Hiroki Kuroda tosses two-hit shutout against Rangers

Aug 14, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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The Yankees need a healthy CC Sabathia if they hope to make a legitimate run at the World Series, but Hiroki Kuroda continues to prove that he’s no slouch, either.

Kuroda limited the Rangers to just two hits in a complete game 3-0 win tonight at Yankee Stadium. It was his fourth career shutout and his second as a member of the Yankees. He previously threw a rain-shortened, seven-inning shutout against the Blue Jays on July 18.

Kuroda actually had a no-hitter going until Elvis Andrus reached on a leadoff single in the top of the seventh inning. The game remained scoreless until Nick Swisher connected for a two-run homer against Alexi Ogando with one out in the bottom of the seventh. It was immediately followed by a solo shot from Mark Teixeira. That was more than enough support for Kuroda on this night.

Kuroda ended up striking out five and walking two en route to improving to 11-8 on the year. The 37-year-old right-hander struggled early on in the season, but now has an excellent 3.06 ERA and 121/38 K/BB ratio over 159 innings.

  1. randygnyc - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Kuroda carried a no hitter into the 7th inning before the heavy hitting Rangers managed to scrape up an infield single. Kuroda settled down to stifle the Rangers by allowing only one more hit on his way to a complete game, shutout victory. Nick Swisher homered again, knocking in his 7th run in the first 2 games of the series. Tex went back to back with swisher, each turning around 98 and 99 mph Ogando fastballs. Yanks seem to be finding themselves, despite currently having 4 of the best players in all of baseball, on the DL. (Arod, Mo, Pettitte and CC)

    • giantsfan428 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      alright look i appreciate the enthusiasm but lets take a step back and go for at least a LITTLE bit of realism here. Pettitte, while still an above-average to very good pitcher and a great veteran presence in the clubhouse is not one of the “best players in all of baseball”. Also, A-Rod is having a terrible year by A-Rod standards, and while that’s still a pretty good year, it is again not quite one of the “best players in all of baseball”. This is coming from a Yanks fan, and I’m not downplaying that these injuries haven’t hurt the Yankees, but seriously. Just a little bit of balanced analysis here goes a long way.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      Also Jeter tied for 12th all-time on the hit list, 39 hits short of the top 10 and is back up to .320 on the year.

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Swish is locked in, two huge blasts already in this series.

    In other news….. Beckett 5.1 IP, 6 ER and is now 5-10.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      Let sleeping dogs lie.

    • deathmonkey41 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

      “Beckett 5.1 IP, 6 ER and is now 5-10″

      Couldn’t have happened to a bigger d-bag.

  3. uyf1950 - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Kuroda the new Yankee ace.

    • surefooted1 - Aug 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

      Outside of April, Kuroda has been the Yankees best starter.

  4. hushbrother - Aug 14, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    What’s with the Rangers? Why aren’t they playing better? I’m puzzled by their less than stellar play this year. This team should be dominating the league, and they’re not doing it. If they keep mailing in games they may find themselves less than optimally poised to make a run in October. Hideki Kuroda. Please.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 15, 2012 at 4:57 AM

      Josh Hamilton is what is wrong with the Rangers as well as the fact that CJ Wilson no longer performs his magic in Arlington. Ryan Dumpster and Roy Oswalt? Come on Man! But they are still in 1st place and this is still August.

    • protius - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:17 AM

      Here’s a clue: The Rangers are over-rated.

  5. lewp - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Hushbrother, where have you been all summer?

    How the Rangers remain in 1st place is beyond me. It’s been nothing but a nightmare this season, but hey, they are in first place. (For now).

  6. panktics - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Go Yankees!
    Check out my sports blog at panktics.wordpress.com

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    What a pickup this guy has been, they better resign him for next year

  8. zackd2 - Aug 15, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    Must suck for all the articles people had written preparing it’s the end of the season if Yankees lost 3/4 or something and how the Rangers are the best team since 1998 or 1927. Bummer, guess they’ll have to go back to the trusty ‘Yankees too old to win in October’ articles

    • protius - Aug 15, 2012 at 6:19 AM

      Does someone know how to translate dumbass into English?

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