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Kuroda shows cracks as Yankees playoff push crumbles

By Steve Keating TORONTO (Reuters) - Hiroki Kuroda started the season as a rock in the New York Yankees rotation but the righthander showed a few more cracks on Wednesday as the Toronto Blue Jays pounded out a 7-2 win to defuse the Bronx Bombers' post-season push. With New York starting the night 7.5 games behind the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox and four out of a wild card berth, the Yankees looked to their ace to build momentum to carry them into the final month of the season.

Baseball: Kuroda leaves game with calf injury

Hiroki Kuroda's rocky first inning was just the start of a painful night Wednesday as the New York Yankees hurler exited early after being hit in the calf by a line drive. Kuroda was struck on the leg by a single off the bat of Baltimore's Manny Machado in the second inning and departed in the third with a bruised right calf. Nick Markakis and Chris Davis had stung Kuroda for first-inning home runs to set up an eventual 6-3 Orioles victory.

Baseball: Yankees' Kuroda leaves game with hand injury

New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda departed Wednesday's 7-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the second inning after being struck on his throwing hand by a line drive. Kuroda was taken out of the game after Shane Victorino's single to lead off the top of the second caught him on his right middle finger. He had thrown 41 pitches. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the Japanese hurler, who was the Yankees' most consistent pitcher in 2012, suffered a bruise. Kuroda inked a one-year contract to stay with the Yankees in November worth a reported $15 million.
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