Hiroki Kuroda (11-9, 2.71 ERA) is on the mound against Todd Redmond (1-2, 4.44 ERA) to take the series from the Blue Jays. Kuroda hoped to follow up a substandard outing against Boston with a win against the Rays his last time out. However, he endured his worst start of the season, tying career highs by surrendering four homers and seven runs as the Yankees dropped their series opener in St. Petersburg.
Redmond has been a reliable addition to the rotation over the past two months, but he struggled his last time on the mound. He surrendered seven earned runs to the Astros and did not get out of the fourth inning.
Entering Friday’s game against the Rays, Kuroda hadn’t given up a home run in 56 innings. After six innings at Tropicana Field, the righty had served up four. The Rays abused Kuroda for a season high seven runs that night, ending his streak of 15 straight starts of allowing four earned runs or fewer. The right hander’s ERA increased from 2.41 to 2.71 with the outing.
Notes on the game.
With his 2 home runs on Tuesday, Alfonso Soriano now has 400 career homers.
After taking a pitch off the hand in the first inning yesterday, Robinson Cano is day to day.
First pitch at 7:05 PM on Yes.