Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Hiroki Kuroda's struggles continued on Friday, though unlike teammate Ivan Nova the night before, the veteran right hander was able to grind his way to a victory. Kuroda allowed two runs over 5 1/3 innings, allowing 10 hits and two walks while striking out four batters. He gave up five hits -- including three doubles -- and issued a walk during the first two innings, but he got some help from his defense and made a few key pitches to keep Toronto off the scoreboard. "I thought he did a really good job for us," manager Joe Girardi said. "When you don't have your best stuff and you can win games, that says a lot about you. Those are the games when you have to find a way to win." Kuroda had posted a 5.29 ERA over his past five starts, prompting pitching coach Larry Rothschild to suggest he skip his between-start bullpen session. Kuroda was frustrated with the lack of crispness on his pitches Friday, but he was pleased to do what was necessary to...
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