(Whew. False alarm again. Courtesy of the AP)
If you didn't catch much of last night's game, you didn't miss much. It was over early, not the kind of night the Yankees wanted to have with their best starter on the mound. Hiroki Kuroda was off his game from the start, and he ended up out of the game early although once again it appears he avoided serious injury. That's the best news that came out of last night, that and Curtis Granderson possibly starting to break out.
- Kuroda only made it through 2+ innings and he gave up 5 ER on 8 hits in that span. In the top of the 1st Kuroda gave up 2 HR, a clear sign he was off, and he was out after taking a comebacker off the leg in the 2nd inning that didn't get any better in the 3rd.
- The Yanks got on the board with a C-Grand double and a Robinson Cano RBI single in the top of the 3rd, but the bottom half was when Kuroda left and Preston Claiborne entered. He gave up a 3-run HR, his first Major League run allowed, to make it 6-1 and that was basically that.
- Solo HR for Granderson in the 5th and another one for David Adams in the 9th were the other Yankee runs.
- Another good appearance for Adam Warren, who came in after Claiborne and pitched 4 shutout innings. He gave up 5 hits, walked none, and struck out 2.
- C-Grand: 3-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB. Triple shy of the cycle and on base every time he came to the plate. That's a damn fine night from the leadoff spot.
- Kuroda: 2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 0 K. Even if the line drive off his calf didn't happen, it wouldn't have been a long night for Hirok. Sometimes you just go out there with nothing, ask Phil Hughes. Chalk it up to that and prepare for a better outing next time.
- Lyle Overbay: 0-4, 2 K, 4 LOB. The kind of night that reminds you that it is still Lyle Overbay out there hitting 5th.
The Yanks get an off-day today before heading to Tampa for a weekend series. David Phelps gets the start there on Friday night.