Yanks' Hiroki Kuroda corrodes in loss to Twins • Latino Sports


Yanks’ Hiroki Kuroda corrodes in loss to Twins


NEW YORK—The Yankees fell to 6-6 after starter Hiroki Kuroda (L, 1-2) surrendered six runs on a career-high 10 hits through 4-1/3 innings in a 6-5 loss to the Twins (4-8) Wednesday night.

Twins slugger Justin Morneau hit the first of his two home runs on the night—a two-run shot to right-center—in Minnesota’s four-run first inning.

The Twins, from that point on, never looked back.

“I wasn’t able to get into rhythm,” Kuroda, using an interpreter, said. “They’re really aggressive and hit a lot of balls early in the count.”

The Yankees scored three runs off starter Jason Marquis (W, 1-0) (5.0 IP, 7H, 4R) in the bottom of the first, closing within 4-3 on Robinson Cano’s run-scoring double and Nick Swisher’s two-run single.

In the third inning, Minnesota third baseman Sean Burroughs drove in Morneau with a single, but Cano responded by crushing a solo homer to right that cut New York’s deficit to 5-4.

Morneau struck again in the fifth, taking Kuroda deep with no one on—marking his 15th career multi-homer game—to increase the Twins’ lead to 6-4.

“Today is just one of those days where [Kuroda] seemed like he was struggling with command a little bit,” Yankees catcher Russell Martin said after New York’s loss. “And when that happens, you try to go [to] breaking balls early in counts, try to keep the hitters off balance a little bit.

“But they were just fighting off good pitches,” he added, “and when they got a good pitch to hit, they weren’t missing it.”

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