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Hiroki Kuroda | Starting Pitcher

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (39) / 2/10/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chugoku Shimbun and Sports Nippon report that Hiroki Kuroda will return to Japan to play for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp next season.
Kuroda could have had another one-year contract with the Yankees if he wanted it, but it appears he'll return to his native country instead. The veteran right-hander will turn 40 in February but is coming off another fine season, having put up a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP and 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings. Dec 26 - 3:53 PM

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Monday that he would be "surprised" if Hiroki Kuroda didn't play next season.

Kuroda is reportedly considering retirement, as he'll turn 40 in February. He was good in 2014, though, posting a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 innings, so it appears he has something left in the tank. Cashman wouldn't rule out re-signing Kuroda but said it "just depends when (he decides if he'll pitch) and what kind of money we have to play with by the time that happens."
Nov 10 - 6:24 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that Hiroki Kuroda is deciding whether to play another major league season, return to Japan or retire.

He seems likely to play for the Yankees again if he does remain in the states, so he's pretty much in the same situation he's been in the last couple offseasons. Kuroda held a solid 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 frames in 2014 but will turn 40 in February.
Nov 6 - 10:41 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees "don't seem especially likely" to make Hiroki Kuroda a qualifying offer.

The qualifying offer this winter is worth $15.3 million, which would be a small drop in salary for Kuroda, who made $16 million in 2014 while posting a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 146/35 K/BB ratio over 199 frames. However, he'll turn 40 in February and might wind up retiring. If Kuroda does decide to keep playing, he seems likely to do another one-year deal with the Yankees.
Nov 2 - 2:25 PM

Hiroki Kuroda rebounded from a tough first inning to throw eight effective innings in a no-decision as the Yankees walked off against the Orioles on Thursday.

Kuroda allowed back-to-back home runs to Nick Markakis and Alejandro De Aza to start the ballgame, and it looked like he was going to throw a clunker. Instead, he turned things around and pitched effectively in what may be the final start of his career. On the evening, he allowed just three hits without issuing a walk and striking out nine. Kuroda wraps up the 2014 season with an 11-9 record, a 3.71 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, and a 146/35 K/BB ratio.
Sep 25 - 10:30 PM

Hiroki Kuroda yielded three runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Blue Jays.

Kuroda surrendered a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion in the first inning, but bounced back from there to deliver a strong start. The veteran right-hander struck out seven and walked none in the victory and now sits at 11-7 with a 3.77 ERA on the year. He'll make his last start next week against the Orioles.
Sep 19 - 10:13 PM

Hiroki Kuroda delivered a strong effort in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday, hurling seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just six hits.

The veteran right-hander punched out five on the evening without walking a batter. The only blemish on his evening came on an RBI double by Adam Jones in the sixth inning. He has had his ups and downs in his age-39 season, but still owns a respectable 3.81 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 130/35 K/BB ratio over 184 1/3 innings. He’ll look to get back in the win column on Friday when he takes on the Blue Jays.
Sep 14 - 11:28 PM

Hiroki Kuroda was unable to escape the fourth inning, allowing four runs in 3 1/3 innings, in a loss to the Rays on Tuesday.

The Rays had scored in each of the second, third, and fourth innings, so it was a constant barrage against the 39-year-old right-hander. He just didn't have his best stuff, as the Rays racked up nine hits. To his credit, Kuroda did strike out five without issuing a walk. Now with a 3.91 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 125/35 K/BB ratio, Kuroda will dust himself off and look for improvement when he takes on the Orioles in Baltimore on Sunday.
Sep 9 - 10:47 PM

Hiroki Kuroda picked up his 10th win on Wednesday, limiting the Red Sox to one run over seven innings.

Kuroda struck out eight on the evening, matching a season-high set on May 8. The right-hander yielded only four hits without issuing a walk. He has now turned in four consecutive quality starts, and sports a 3.78 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and a 120/35 K/BB ratio. Kuroda will match up against the Rays at home on Tuesday next.
Sep 3 - 11:36 PM

Hiroki Kuroda held the Tigers to two runs and four hits in seven innings in a no-decision Thursday.

Kuroda has allowed just two runs in three consecutive starts, and his ERA is down to 3.88 for the season. As mediocre as he looked the first two months, it's a nice surprise how consistently solid he's been the last three. He can no longer win games by himself, but he doesn't lose them himself, either.
Aug 28 - 5:07 PM

Hiroki Kuroda picked up his ninth win, limiting the White Sox to two runs over six innings as the Yankees went on to win 5-3 on Saturday.

Kuroda entered Saturday having struck out only four batters in his last 11 1/3 innings, but he was better in that department against the White Sox. The right-hander fanned six while allowing five hits and a pair of walks. Now with a 3.94 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP, and a 108/34 K/BB ratio, Kuroda will look ahead to a road start against the Tigers on Thursday.
Aug 23 - 4:25 PM

Hiroki Kuroda earned his eighth win of the season after limiting the Rays to two runs in 6 2/3 innings as the Yankees went on to a 4-2 victory on Sunday.

Though he didn't miss many bats, it was Kuroda's strongest effort in nearly a month. Through six, the Rays pushed across only one run on a ground out, but were able to get another run in against a tired Kuroda in the seventh. Overall, the right-hander yielded four hits and a walk while striking out one. The 39-year-old owns a 3.97 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and a 102/32 K/BB ratio. He'll oppose the White Sox at home on Saturday next.
Aug 17 - 5:23 PM

Hiroki Kuroda will have his next start skipped.

Kuroda isn't injured, but the Yankees are using Tuesday's rainout as an opportunity to give the veteran some extra rest. "They feel he would benefit from rest," general manager Brian Cashman explained. Kuroda lasted just 4 2/3 innings in his last outing and holds a 4.81 ERA over his last four starts.
Aug 12 - 6:43 PM

Hiroki Kuroda allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Sunday in a loss to the Indians.

Kuroda walked four and gave up five hits as his pitch count rose quickly. He found a good groove in the middle of the summer but has looked much more average of late, allowing three or more runs in four straight starts. Kuroda will carry a 4.03 ERA and 1.22 WHIP into his next scheduled outing on the road against the Rays.
Aug 10 - 4:22 PM

Hiroki Kuroda surrendered three runs over seven innings, but took a no-decision as the Tigers needed 12 innings to outlast the Yankees on Tuesday.

Kuroda has been much-improved in the summer following a dreadful start to the season. In 12 starts since the beginning of June, he has a 3.48 ERA. Against the Tigers, he relented only six hits without issuing a walk while striking out five. Now with a 3.97 ERA overall on the season, along with a 1.20 WHIP and a 98/27 K/BB ratio, the right-hander will look ahead to Sunday's home start against the Indians.
Aug 5 - 11:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Austin Romine
3J.R. Murphy
1B1Mark Teixeira
2Garrett Jones
2B1Robert Refsnyder
2Nick Noonan
SS1Didi Gregorius
2Brendan Ryan
3Jose Pirela
3B1Chase Headley
LF1Brett Gardner
2Chris Young
3Eury Perez
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Tyler Austin
DH1Alex Rodriguez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Michael Pineda
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Chris Capuano
6CC Sabathia
7Ivan Nova
8Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Dellin Betances
2Andrew Miller
3Shawn Kelley
4Justin Wilson
5Adam Warren
6Esmil Rogers
7Gonzalez Germen
8Rich Hill
9Bryan Mitchell
10Chase Whitley
11Jose De Paula
12Branden Pinder
13Daniel Burawa