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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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Hiroki Kuroda yielded three runs in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rays on Friday night.
Kuroda left with the lead, but the Yankees' bullpen imploded in the late innings. The veteran right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out two batters. Kuroda hasn't completed seven innings yet this season, but has yet to throw a true clunker either. He'll carry a 4.07 ERA into a start against the Red Sox in Boston next week. Apr 19 - 12:23 AM

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Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t at his best against the Red Sox on Saturday, but managed to walk away with the victory after allowing four runs on six hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work.

Kuroda walked three and struck out five on the afternoon. He allowed a two-run homer to A.J. Pierzynski in the second inning, then held the Red Sox off the board until Matt Thornton allowed a pair of his inherited runners to score in the seventh. Kuroda, now 2-1 on the season, will carry a 3.86 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio into his next outing against the Rays in Tampa Bay on Friday.
Apr 12 - 4:17 PM

Hiroki Kuroda pitched well and got the win in Monday's start against the Orioles, allowing two runs in 6 1/3 innings.

Kuroda allowed eight hits, struck out four, and didn't issue any walks. The right-hander now has back-to-back solid starts to begin the regular season. Kuroda may be 39 years old but he doesn't appear to be in any danger of slowing down.
Apr 7 - 4:22 PM

Hiroki Kuroda turned in a quality start but took the loss in Wednesday's start against the Astros.

Kuroda allowed two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out five. Dexter Fowler was a pest, leading off the game with a solo home run, then tripling and scoring in the third. The Yankee offense was unable to decipher Jarred Cosart and the Astros' bullpen, leaving Kuroda with an undeserved L.
Apr 2 - 11:36 PM

Hiroki Kuroda held the Marlins scoreless over three innings of work in his final spring start on Friday.

Kuroda was spotless, giving up just three hits while striking out four. It's a nice finish to an otherwise troublesome spring for the right-hander. After fading badly down the stretch in 2013, Kuroda will have a lot to prove early on this year.
Mar 28 - 9:49 PM

Hiroki Kuroda was pounded for six runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings by the Tigers on Wednesday.

Kuroda's bad day came against a lineup that featured four regulars, none of them named Miguel Cabrera. He looked fine in his previous start and he may have been thrown off today some by a rain delay, so we're not overly concerned.
Mar 12 - 5:31 PM

Hiroki Kuroda delivered an impressive performance in Friday's Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers, striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of work.

The 39-year-old hurler walked one and allowed just one base hit. Already looking like he's in mid-season form, Kuroda has now notched 4 2/3 shutout innings this spring, while posting a tidy 7/0 K/BB ratio. He doesn't quite get the strikeouts of most upper-echelon fantasy starters, but makes for a fine third or fourth option in mixed leagues.
Mar 8 - 10:02 AM

Yankees re-signed RHP Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $16 million contract.

Kuroda had debated heading back to Japan, but has opted for another one-year pact with the Bombers instead. The 38-year-old hurler was the most consistent starter in the Yankees rotation last season, posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings. Even with Kuroda in tow however, there is still plenty of work to be done in the Yankees rotation.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 02:16:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees are "getting closer" to a one-year deal with Hiroki Kuroda for about $16 million.

Kuroda was either going to re-sign with the Yankees or go back to Japan, and it appears he'll stick around in the Bronx for another year. The right-hander posted a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings this past season. Kuroda will turn 39 in February and did really struggle at the end of the season, so it's possible he's at the end of the line. Bringing him back for one year is a worthy gamble, though.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that he's certain Hiroki Kuroda will pitch again in 2014 but isn't sure whether it will be in the states or Japan.

The Yankees want Kuroda back and have offered him more than $15 million on a one-year deal, Marc Carig of New York Newsday reported earlier this week. The veteran right-hander will turn 39 in February but is coming off a season where he held a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 03:24:00 PM

Marc Carig of New York Newsday confirms that the Yankees offered Hiroki Kuroda a one-year deal worth more than $15 million.

The offer was made about one month ago. Meanwhile, the proposed salary is right in line with what was speculated by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Kuroda earned $15 million in 2013 while posting a 3.31 ERA and 150/43 K/BB ratio over 201 1/3 innings, so he would be getting a slight raise to return in 2014. The Yankees are aware that Kuroda takes a while to make a decision about his future, as a return to Japan has been discussed in previous years. This winter appears no different.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees have made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda.

Marchand guesses that it's a one-year deal in the $15-16 million range. Kuorda made $15 million in 2013 while posting a 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 150/43 K/BB ratio across 201 1/3 innings. He was said to be considering a return to Japan or even retirement, but that tune seems to have changed in the past couple of weeks.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 12:46:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Yankees "have moved from gloomy early in the offseason to more upbeat that Hiroki Kuroda will return for another year."

Kuroda is again pondering whether to return to Japan, but it sounds like the odds that he'll be back with the Yankees are increasing. The right-hander will turn 39 in February and ended the 2013 season with a whimper, so a precipitous drop in his effectiveness is possible. However, Kuroda pitched very well overall for the Bombers for a second straight year, so gambling on him on another one-year deal is probably worth it.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 08:46:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers' preference is to sign a starter to a one- or two-year deal, but Hiroki Kuroda is not under consideration.

They'd forfeit their first-round pick if they signed Kuroda, which is something they're not willing to do. The veteran right-hander hasn't made up his mind about what his plans are for next season, but he seems likely to either re-sign with the Yankees or return to Japan.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 08:52:00 AM

Hiroki Kuroda has turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer.

Kuroda made $15 million in 2013, so it was an expected decision after he posted a quality 3.31 ERA in 32 starts. The veteran right-hander hasn't made up his mind on his future and a return to Japan is a possibility.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 05:17:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Francisco Cervelli
1B1Mark Teixeira
2B1Brian Roberts
2Dean Anna
SS1Derek Jeter
2Brendan Ryan
3B1Kelly Johnson
2Yangervis Solarte
3Alex Rodriguez
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Carlos Beltran
2Ichiro Suzuki
DH1Alfonso Soriano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1CC Sabathia
2Hiroki Kuroda
3Masahiro Tanaka
4Vidal Nuno
5Michael Pineda
6Ivan Nova
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1David Robertson
2Shawn Kelley
3Matt Thornton
4Dellin Betances
5Adam Warren
6David Phelps
7Preston Claiborne