Although not an All-Star, New York Yankee Hiroki Kuroda is one of the premier pitchers in baseball today

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Excluding Mariano Rivera and Matt Harvey, Hiroki Kuroda is the preeminent hurler in Gotham.

Yielding six hits and fanning five over five innings, Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda stifled Minnesota Twins batters in a 2-0 victory on Friday night in New York.

After a 73-minute rain delay, Yankees manager Joe Girardi showed balls and allowed the 38-year-old Kuroda (8-6, 2.65 ERA) to return in the fifth to qualify for the win.

Leading the AL with the smallest ERA amongst starters, the 6-foot-1, 205 pound Kuroda has clearly overtaken Andy Pettitte and CC Sabathia as New York’s stopper.

Signing a one-year contract worth $15 million in November to resurface in Gotham, the Japanese sensation is now 65-63 with a 3.33 ERA since debuting as a Los Angeles Dodger on April 4, 2008.

Using a sinker, slider, curveball, splitter and fastball that averages around 92 mph, Kuroda is one of the primary reasons the Yankees (51-42) have survived and only sit six games behind the Boston Red Sox in the East.

Inexplicably not an All-Star, the dominant Hiroki Kuroda is one of the premier pitchers in baseball today.

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