Found June 14, 2013 on isportsweb.com:
In Japan, where traditional ranking permeates even baseball, the ace of a team’s pitching staff typically wears the number 18. It is a custom confined to that country, although Hiroki Kuroda has certainly upheld its notion in baseball’s metropolis. Kuroda has played ace for the Yankees this season. But the team will need Sabathia to start carrying more of the load.   Indeed, it has been Kuroda – not purported ace C.C. Sabathia – who has been the finest starting pitcher this year for the Yankees. Though Sabathia may eat more innings – and given the drop in his velocity, perhaps he should begin eating more than that – Kuroda is the steadier arm. His placid demeanor befits his consistency on the mound, where all season long the savvy 38-year old has given his team a chance to win. Unfortunately for him, they haven’t always taken advantage of it. Kuroda’s record is 6-5, but he has pitched well enough to win at least 11 times. On three occasions he has earned a no-decision when pitching ...
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