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Kuroda Solid, But Yankees Tie Braves, 5-5

Doesn't it feel like there have been more than a few ties this spring?

Anyway, Hiroki Kuroda delivered another strong outing, tossing seven innings while allowing two runs, striking out six, and walking none. He also had a very solid GO/AO ratio of 8:4. With the outing, Kuroda has all but cemented his status as the Yankees number two starter headed into the season. After a string of good starts, it would be hard to argue with that choice entering the season.

As for the rest of the pitching, Cory Wade allowed an eighth inning single to Martin Prado, which brought the score to 5-3. The RBI enabled Jason Heyward to come to bat as the tying run in the bottom of the ninth, and he delivered with a game tying, two-run homer off of George Kontos.

The Yankee offense was led by Eric Chavez, who had three separate RBI hits. Robinson Cano and Bill Hall knocked in the other two runs, while Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix pitched in with multi-hit games.

Raul Ibanez went 1-for-3, but also got robbed of a home run as Heyward climbed the right field wall and made an extremely athletic, acrobatic catch during the third inning. Despite getting robbed, it's definitely good to see him start driving the ball.

Box Score.

Tomorrow, Ivan Nova will pitch in a Minor League game and D.J. Mitchell will start for the Yankees against Baltimore.