Snubbed as an All-Star, is New York Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda the premier AL pitcher today?

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Although few people are watching, Hiroki Kuroda can shutdown any MLB lineup.

Surrendering only two runs over seven innings, Yankees ace Hiroki Kuroda led New York to a 5-2 victory against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday afternoon.

Sporting the second smallest ERA amongst American League starters, the 38-year-old Kuroda (9-6, 2.65 ERA) 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 66-63 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 (52-45) have survived and sit a mere six games behind Boston in the East.

New York’s standout hurler is slated to stifle the Texas Rangers later this week in Arlington.

Inexplicably not an All-Star, the dominant Hiroki Kuroda is competing with Max Scherzer, Felix Hernandez and juicehead Bartolo Colon for consideration as the premier AL pitcher today.

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