Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/30/12

NEW YORK -- Hiroki Kuroda gave the New York Yankees exactly what they needed. Dewayne Wise continued to give them more than they expected in a wild week for the little-used defensive sub.

Kuroda cooled off the red-hot Chicago White Sox and stabilized the reeling Yankees rotation with a dominant start in New York's 4-0 win at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

With two of the club's top starters placed on the disabled list Wednesday and the bullpen taxed from Chicago's 14-7, 19-hit pounding Friday, Kuroda threw seven shutout innings, tying a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

Wise also continued his week of cult hero status by tying his career-high with three hits, and hitting his second homer of the week, and the season. The rare power display came amid a week in which Wise also was ruled to make a catch of a foul ball he dropped in the stands, and pitched 2/3 hitless innings in relief to spare the Yankees' bullpen in Friday's rout.

Curtis Granderson hit his 23rd home run of the season and Robinson Cano smacked his 19th for the Yankees, who ended Chicago's four-game winning streak.

"The good thing was we were were able to do enough to keep them at bay. They were swinging the bats well," Granderson said, after the Yankees won the game that began in 93-degree heat in just two hours, 25 minutes. "… Kuroda and the rest of the bullpen did an excellent job to calm them down after last night, and make it a quick day. Get out of the heat a little bit earlier, everybody else wanted to be out of there. So a combination of everything makes it a pretty good day."

Jake Peavy (6-5) limited the Yankees to four runs on eight hits in eight innings for the White Sox, who managed three hits for the game. Peavy was mostly hurt by what's ailed most Yankees' opponents this year: the long ball.

"He's battling," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's a good day to hit here when it's daytime, but it's a tough lineup and everything else."

David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth for the Yankees, who went to closer Rafael Soriano in the ninth after Boone Logan walked Adam Dunn with one out.

Pitching in the non-save situation, Soriano got Paul Konerko to hit into a game-ending double play.

Kuroda (8-7) finished June by allowing nine runs in 41 innings through six starts. He's 5-1 in his last six decisions.

None were more important than Saturday's, since the Yankees needed a stabilizing force after putting CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte on the disabled list Wednesday, and watching rookie Adam Warren falter in his major-league debut Friday night.

"These are great pitchers that we're missing," Kuroda said through a translator. "I thought it could really have a negative effect. The only thing I could do was pitch my game."

Kuroda wiggled out of a first-and-third situation by striking out Alex Rios in the first. He did not allow a runner to reach scoring position from the second through the sixth innings, when he hit Kevin Youkilis with a pitch an inning after Derek Jeter had been hit by Peavy. A wild pitch sent Youkilis to second, but Kuroda struck out Adam Dunn to end the inning.

"I think my slider had a lot of movement today, and also my sinker had good movement," Kuroda said.

For Peavy, Kuroda's was just the latest strong outing by an opposing starter, as the White Sox righty lost his fourth straight game, after allowing a total of nine runs in 30 innings.

"Yeah, that's just part of baseball," Ventura said of Peavy facing stingy opposing starters lately. "You can't match them up and pick who you want to face. You just need to figure out how to do it better."

Granderson gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo shot to right.

Wise continued his busy week with a RBI double in the second for a 2-0 lead, then drilled a shot into the second deck in right for a 3-0 edge in the fifth.

After a stretch where he had four hits in 30 at-bats, Wise finished Saturday's game with seven hits in his last 11. He credited hitting coach Kevin Long for helping him work out some kinks, but also said the steady playing time helped.

"I mean, it's been an awesome week," Wise said, adding it would have been better had the Yankees not lost the series' first two games to Chicago.

Cano gave the Yankees their final run on a leadoff homer to right in the sixth.

NOTES: Right-hander D.J. Mitchell was called up to the Yankees from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) as Adam Warren was sent down a day after struggling in his major-league debut. The Yankees needed bullpen help and opted for Mitchell, who was 5-4 with a 5.36 ERA for Scranton. ... Right-hander David Phelps, who relieved Warren on Friday night, will take over that spot in the rotation next Wednesday, Girardi said. After throwing 64 pitches in relief, Phelps should top out at 80-85 pitches next week, Girardi said. ... White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis returned to the lineup after leaving Friday night's game in the fifth inning due to an upset stomach. ... New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.


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