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Game 17: Yankees at Rays, Kuroda vs Bedard

Yankees at Rays

Bob Levey

Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound today, looking to run the Yankees' win streak to 6 games. History is against him, considering his 2-3, 7.36 ERA career marks against the Rays. Last season was especially brutal, as Kuroda allowed more runs than innings pitched in two starts.

The Yankee lineup will face old friend Erik Bedard, who is the latest paragon in the long history of "teach your son to throw left-handed." Bedard is also another pitcher continuing his MLB career after surgery one a torn labrum (2009).

As they did yesterday, the Yanks will need some serious good fortune to buck recent history and beat the Rays. Maybe they'll get the triple play when they need it.

Anything's possible, because, you know, you can't predict baseball.

Today's Lineups

Brett Gardner - LF David DeJesus - CF
Derek Jeter - SS Ben Zobrist - 2B
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Matt Joyce - LF
Alfonso Soriano - DH Evan Longoria - 3B
Brian McCann - C James Loney - 1B
Yangervis Solarte - 2B Wil Myers - RF
Kelly Johnson - 1B Logan Forsythe - DH
Scott Sizemore - 3B Yunel Escobar - SS
Ichiro Suzuki - RF Ryan Hanigan - C
Hiroki Kuroda - RHP Erik Bedard - LHP