Hiroki Kuroda may be the best player on the Yankees, if not he’s certainly the best pitcher on the club. If he had more offense behind him, he may have 14 wins right now. Kuroda pitched seven shutout innings as he had just enough offense behind him, as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 and earned a split of the series in Texas.
The game was scoreless as Kuroda and Derek Holland traded zeros until the sixth inning. Austin Romine doubled to lead off the inning. Ichiro Suzuki sacrificed him to third. Brent Lillibridge followed with a double to give the Yankees the lead.
The Yankees added some insurance in the eighth. With one out, Robinson Cano doubled to knock Holland out of the game. Enter Tanner Scheppers. Vernon Wells greeted him with a single to move Cano to third. Eduardo Nunez was able to beat out a groundball which allowed Cano to score.
YGY Player Of The Game: Kuroda
Notes: A-Quadgate continues. Alex Rodriguez was examined by another doctor through the Yankees and talked to Randy Levine and Brian Cashman. A-Rod feels he can play now while the Yankees are being more cautious and said he may play in a rehab game August 1. The Yankees may fine him for seeking that second opinion without team consent. In other quadriceps news, Derek Jeter did baserunning drills and felt good and still hopes to be activated for Saturday’s game.