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.
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.by