Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 4/19/12
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After splitting the first two games of this four-game set, the Yankees and Twins each sent out a question mark to pitch. For the Yankees, it was Hiroki Kuroda, coming off a complete game shutout but also with that shaky debut in Tampa Bay on his record. Jason Marquis of the Twins, a Yankees fan growing up and a 13-year veteran, was making his first career start at Yankee Stadium, as well as his return from last year’s fractured right fibula. With the two teams having each posted one offensive outburst in the series, they had their work cut out for them. As it turns out, Kuroda is more the pitcher he was in his debut than the one who shut down LA. The idea that he would just slot in as the No. 2 guy in this rotation was nonsense, and now his record shows two clunkers in three attempts. He gave up all six runs in just 4.1 innings, and taxed a bullpen which had finally gotten some rest courtesy of CC Sabathia the previous night. I don’t think he’s as bad as he was last night, but I als...
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