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New York Yankees News: Japanese Media Frenzy, Gardner & Pettitte

First crack at Yu.
First crack at Yu.

Tonight we'll see just the seventh all Japanese starting pitcher matchup ever as Hiroki Kuroda goes for the Yankees against Yu Darvish of the Rangers.* The contest will be broadcast live in Japan.

  • May 3rd could be Brett Gardner's ETA. That's the start of a four-game set in Kansas City. The gritty, gutty left fielder was off to the best start of his career: .817 OPS through nine games. Hopefully there's no rust when he returns.
  • It looks like Andy Pettitte will make three more minor league starts before getting called up, beginning tomorrow night in Trenton. I'll be at and live-tweeting the game.
  • Check out a solid feature story on A-Rod. The guy really does seem to love the game of baseball. I could see him becoming a coach after his playing days.

* If you're in the Arlington, Tex. area and want to attend tonight's contest, try TiqIQ.