(Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda aims to win his fifth straight decision on
Tuesday when the New York Yankees open an eight-game road trip with the first
of three games against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Kuroda has been sensational for the Yankees here in the early going, posting a
4-1 mark to go along with a 2.25 ERA. Kuroda defeated the Houston Astros his
last time out, as he scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings to get
the win. However, he did walk four batters and also struck out a season-high
"You have to be pretty good to stick around to make it through those first
three innings and then be good enough to give your team seven innings,"
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Kuroda has struggled against the Rockies, going a mere 1-5 in 10 starts
against them, while pitching to a 5.52 ERA.
New York hits the road after a successful 7-3 homestand that culminated with a
series loss to the Oakland Athletics, including a 5-4 setback in Sunday's
Boone Logan (2-2) was dealt the loss for serving up Josh Donaldson's go-ahead
homer, with Andy Pettitte reached for four runs -- three earned -- while
walking four over five innings in a second straight shaky start for New York.
"Everything has been great in my (bullpen sessions), but something is going on
in the games," Pettitte said afterward. "I can feel my release point floating
around. You just know from the feel of your fingers, the ball is just not
coming off right. It has been a long, long time since I haven't had a feel for
Robinson Cano and Ichiro Suzuki each had two hits and an RBI for New York,
while Lyle Overbay delivered a two-run single in defeat.
Colorado, meanwhile, has cooled off considerably since opening the year with
13 wins through its first 17 games. The Rockies lost two of three over the
weekend to the Tampa Bay Rays and fell in Sunday's finale, 8-3.
Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado had the solo shots for the
Rockies, who have lost five of eight.
Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (3-1) made his return from the 15-day disabled
list caused by a lower back sprain, and allowed six runs -- five earned -- on
eight hits and three walks over seven frames.
"You're going to run into days like that unfortunately," Cuddyer said of his
team going 0-for-9 with runners position. "We just couldn't up with the big
Getting the call for the Rockies on Tuesday will be lefty Jorge De La Rosa,
who is 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA. De La Rosa lost his second straight start last
Tuesday in Los Angeles, as the Dodgers tagged him for six runs and 11 hits in
De La Rosa, though, is a perfect 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in three games (2 starts)
against the Yankees.
New York is 7-5 all time vs. Colorado.
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