Kuroda makes debut as Yankees lose 4-0 to Rays
We’ve seen stuff from Ivan Nova, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Freddy Garcia & Phil Hughes. Today, it was Hiroki Kuroda’s start, and although it was Kuroda’s first time pitching in a Yankees uniform, Kuroda had some familiar faces from his past help to guide him; catcher Russell Martin & DH/OF Andruw Jones.
Martin & Jones both knew Kuroda during their time with the Dodgers and all they had to say was how they marveled at his pitches.Kuroda’s first inning of work was quick and painless, just needing nine pitches to get through it, but the second inning wasn’t so easy. Kuroda gave up 3 runs on 3 hits which panned the way for a Yankees 4-0 loss to the Rays. In Kuroda’s defense, he was doing well with spotting all of his pitches & had good velocity but even though he gave up a couple of ground ball base hits, the big blow was on a curve ball that he left hanging over the plate.
Derek Jeter fulfilled his quest and was able to play today even though the played yesterday along with Robinson Cano, but the main offense (it was 4 hits) from the everyday players came from Russell Martin & Nick Swisher. The Yankees have lost 3 straight (even though the games don’t really matter)
WHAT’S NEXT: The Yankees will head to take on the Blue Jays tomorrow for the first time since last season. I would imagine Derek Jeter won’t make the trip since he played today and yesterday. Does that mean Eduardo Nunez will play tomorrow?
Also the Yankees & Blue Jays game will not be televised or on the Radio so there will be no coverage until tomorrow night’s Spring Training report but Yankees will return on YES on Friday as they take on the Atlanta Braves! More news on tonight’s Spring Training report.