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Fantasy Update

Apr 12, 2014
Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t at his best against the Red Sox on Saturday, but managed to walk away with the victory after allowing four runs on six hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
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Pitcher preview: Dan Wheeler with ground balls

Pitcher preview: Dan Wheeler with ground balls

(Hiroki Kuroda) I had a revelation while staring at Kuroda's pitch movement graphs this morning. Kuroda is fairly unique among starters, but he's eerily similar to my favorite Ray of all time, Dan Wheeler. And where they diverge, the differences are instructive. Consider the graphs. Hiroki Kuroda in 2014: via pitchfx.texasleaguers.com Dan Wheeler in 2009: via pitchfx.texasleaguers.com Their repertoire of a fastball, a splitter, and two horizontally sweeping breaking balls is nearly identical, but for two differences: Kuroda throws harder. His fastball now averages 92 mph while Wheeler's...
Newsday Apr 12, 2014

A little show of emotion from Kuroda and another 'W'

The first clue came on a simple toss back from the catcher in the fourth inning. Hiroki Kuroda snapped his glove at the ball. It was a small and uncharacteristic show of emotion from the Yankees' most steady pitcher.

Kuroda, Warren, Kelley pitch in vs. BoSox

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann was the star on Saturday afternoon, but he wasn’t the only Yankees hero. Hiroki Kuroda gutted through 6 1/3 innings despite admittedly not having his best stuff, and was rewarded with his second victory of the season. "I didn’t have my breaking ball today," Kuroda said, through a translator. "I was just trying to get big outs." Kuroda gave up back-to-back singles in the first inning and needed 21 pitches to wiggle out of trouble.
Rotoworld Apr 12, 2014

Kuroda gives up four runs, still earns win - Hiroki Kuroda (S) New York Yankees

Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t at his best against the Red Sox on Saturday, but managed to walk away with the victory after allowing four runs on six hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
Full Count | WEEI Apr 12, 2014

Saturday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: John Lackey vs. Hiroki Kuroda

The Red Sox will head into the second half of their four-game series with the Yankees on Saturday when John Lackey takes the mound against Hiroki Kuroda in the Bronx. In the very early goings of the 2014 season, Lackey has had the most success of any of the Red Sox starters. Lackey comes into Saturday’€™s [...]
New York Post Apr 8, 2014

‘Sharp’ or not, Kuroda delivers in opener

Yankees starter and winning pitcher Hiroki Kuroda and his catcher, Brian McCann, were on the same page Monday in the home opener. Pretty much, anyway. “I didn’t feel particularly sharp...
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 7, 2014

In Yankees' home opener, Hiroki Kuroda defeats Orioles with steady display

Right-hander said he wasn't sharp, but nonetheless won on what might be his final home opener with Yankees
Newark Star-Ledger Apr 3, 2014

Yankees spoil Hiroki Kuroda's strong outing in 3-1 loss to Astros

The Yankees went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position

Familiar story: Lack of run support spoils Kuroda’s strong start

Hiroki Kuroda has been a good big league pitcher for six years, but he has a sub-.500 record because of games like this one. Kuroda pitched well tonight in Houston, but the Yankees lineup hit too many weak ground balls, struck out too many times and missed too many scoring opportunities in a 3-1 loss […]The post Familiar story: Lack of run support spoils Kuroda’s strong start appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.

Notes: Kuroda to receive Pettitte treatment

HOUSTON -- In 2013, Joe Girardi rarely let Andy Pettitte go more than 100 pitches. With 39-year-old Hiroki Kuroda coming off a season in which he faded late, Girardi said he will probably put Kuroda on a similar regimen. "That's probably a good comparison," Girardi said. Girardi said he thought Kuroda could give him six or seven innings tonight. Idle: Brendan Ryan (back) is still not doing much, so his return off the DL is not in sight. "He is not really doing any baseball activity," Girardi said.

First Pitch: The Glue Guy

HOUSTON -- CC Sabathia is still trying to reinvent himself as an ace. Ivan Nova is attempting to become a top of the rotation starter. Masahiro Tanaka is one of the most intriguing stories in all of baseball. Michael Pineda could be the X-factor. That leaves Tuesday night's starter, Hiroki Kuroda, as potentially the glue guy of this Yankees' rotation. He is usually very solid and may be the one to make the front end of the rotation and the back end stick together in 2014.

2014 Projections: Yankees rotation, closer

The Yankees' pitching is going to be intriguing to watch from start to finish. Can CC Sabathia regain his ace form? Will Hiroki Kuroda continue to look old or be revived? Does Ivan Nova have the consistency for a solid full season? Will Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda excel on baseball's biggest stage? All that, and David Robertson will attempt to replace the greatest closer of all time. So how will it all shake out? Well, ESPN New York has its projections, as does Dan Szymborski and his fancy ZiPS machine.
River Ave. Blues Mar 24, 2014

Yankees announce Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova as top three starters

As expected, Joe Girardi announced CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ivan Nova will start the team’s first three games of the regular season. Well, he didn’t really come out and announce it, but the rotation for the rest of the week indicates that will be the case. Masahiro Tanaka figures to slide in as the […]Post from: River Ave. Blues A New York Yankees blogYankees announce Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova as top three starters The post Yankees announce Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova as top three starters appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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