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Hiroki Kuroda to start Game 2 of ALCS against Tigers

Oct 13, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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When the Yankees announced earlier today that they added Cody Eppley to their bullpen for the ALCS, the speculation was that David Phelps would start Game 2 tomorrow. That’s not the case.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Hiroki Kuroda will make the start in Game 2 on three days’ rest. Kuroda, who has never started a game on short rest in the majors, allowed two runs over 8 1/3 innings while throwing 105 pitches in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

There’s some concern that Kuroda was tiring down the stretch, as he threw a career-high 219 2/3 innings during the regular season and stopped throwing bullpen sessions between starts, but this is a gamble the Yankees had to take. If the Yankees go up 2-0 in the series, they could possibly push CC Sabathia back to Game 4 rather than have him go on three days’ rest in Game 3 on Tuesday. Kuroda is also lined up to start Game 6 or 7 on regular rest.

Phelps and Derek Lowe are both available as piggyback options if Kuroda struggles or runs out of steam early tomorrow.

  1. vallewho - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    rolling the dice

  2. sictransitchris - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Ridiculous that the #1 seed gets no days off.

    • jayscarpa - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      The Yankees get to play 5 straight playoff games at home. I don’t think that has ever happened.

  3. weaselpuppy - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    wahhh…play the #3 seed Oakland instead of the #4 seed then….

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