Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, June 13th
(All times eastern)
New York Yankees (36-25) at Atlanta Braves (34-28), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: NY Yankees - Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46)
Atlanta - Tim Hudson (4-2, 3.83)
(Sports Network) - Who says baseball players don't play hurt?
Hiroki Kuroda and Tim Hudson may be bruised and sore, but that won't stop the
two respective hurlers from making starts this evening in the finale of a
three-game series between the New York Yankees and hosting Atlanta Braves.
Kuroda is set to take the hill for the Yankees despite taking a liner off his
left foot in last Friday's gem versus the Mets. The right-hander suffered only
a contusion, not a fracture, but did leave the ballpark on crutches.
The injury ended an outstanding outing for Kuroda, who gave up one hit and one
walk while striking out a season-high seven batters. He retired the first 10
batters faced and the lone hit he gave up came with two outs in the sixth
The victory improved Kuroda to 5-6 with a 3.46 earned run average through 12
starts this year and 2-0 over his past three outings, a span in which he has
allowed two runs over 22 innings.
"When you have got a guy on the mound who is working quick and throwing
strikes, it's keeping you in the game and those are the guys you want to play
defense for," New York outfielder Nick Swisher said. "Kuroda had a good rhythm
in game tonight and we had the bats working."
The 37-year-old has started to figure out the American League after spending
the first four seasons of his MLB career with the Dodgers. Kuroda began his
current three-game stretch with eight scoreless innings of four-hit ball to
beat the A's on May 27.
Kuroda has a 2.10 ERA in five career meetings with the Braves, but just a 1-4
Hudson, meanwhile, gets the call for the first time since throwing a five-hit
shutout at the Marlins last Tuesday. He was given some extra rest following
the 108-pitch outing, which produced his 13th career shutout, due to a sore
left ankle. Julio Teheran made a spot start in Hudson's place on Sunday.
The right-handed Hudson walked three and struck out three to beat Miami and
also drove in a pair of runs in the 11-0 triumph with a sac fly and RBI
single. He improved to 4-2 on the season with a 3.83 ERA following his eighth
Hudson, 36, is 1-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 10 career meetings with the Yankees.
New York is poised to record its first ever three-game sweep of Atlanta after
stretching its winning streak to a season high-tying five straight games with
last night's 6-4 win.
The Yankees offense struggled into a historic six-run eighth inning that saw
Alex Rodriguez tie the legendary Lou Gehrig with his 23rd career grand slam.
Rodriguez matched Gehrig's major-league record after taking Braves reliever
Jonny Venters deep over the left-field wall on a full count.
Rodriguez noted how it felt to match Gehrig, the Yankee great who played 17
seasons for the team before ALS knocked him out of the game.
"It means a lot. It's very special," said Rodriguez. "This game's very, very
difficult. If you're not going to enjoy these great moments then it's not any
"Gehrig's not only one of the all-time greats, but he's one of ours. He's a
Yankee. He's one of those guys that if you ever have an opportunity, when
they say, 'Who would you take to dinner?' I mean, for me, he would be top four
Swisher added a two-run homer in the frame to save CC Sabathia from another
loss. Sabathia won his eighth game despite giving up four runs and 10 hits
over seven innings.
New York notched its 15th victory in 19 games and at 36-25, owns the best
record in the American League and a one-game edge over Tampa Bay and Baltimore
for first place in the AL East.
The Braves got a three-run double from Matt Diaz in the first inning but lost
their third straight and fell four games behind the Nationals for the top spot
in the National League East.
Lefty Mike Minor was lifted after giving up just his fifth hit, a one-out
single to Derek Jeter in the eighth. Minor was charged for one run and Venters
gave up four without retiring a batter.
"It is what it is. I made a bad pitch and he crushed it," said Venters. "Like
I said, it's a shame. Mike threw the ball really well and personally I felt
great. I just didn't make any pitches."
The Yankees improved to 8-2 all-time at Turner Field.
06/13 10:47:21 ET