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Game 27: Seattle Mariners at New York Yankees, Elias vs. Kuroda

Another struggling Yankee starter takes the hill

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Hiroki Kuroda is 39 years old. He's logged more than 2851 innings, combining his work on both sides of the Pacific. That's more than Roy Halladay's entire career, more than every active pitcher except Tim Hudson and Mark Buerhle. (On a side note, CC Sabathia is right behind with 2812 IP).

It's easy to get caught up in Kuroda's terrible second half of 2013, and in the downward tumble of his April. 2 quality starts, then 2 nearly quality starts, then a disaster against the Angels. Easy to focus on that 5 ERA, that career high WHIP and that career low K/9.

It's so obvious that Kuroda is DONE. Let's just forfeit the game and sit around drinking Diet Coke and watching Family Guy re-runs.

Or, we could play baseball and see what happens.

Today's Lineups

M. Saunders - CF Jacoby Ellsbury - CF
Stefen Romero - RF Derek Jeter - SS
Robinson Cano - 2B Carlos Beltran - RF
Corey Hart - DH Alfonso Soriano - DH
Kyle Seager - 3B Mark Teixeira - 1B
Justin Smoak - 1B Brian McCann - C
Dustin Ackley - LF Y. Solarte - 3B
Mike Zunino - C Brett Gardner - LF
Brad Miller - SS Brian Roberts - 2B
Roenis Elias - LHP Hiroki Kuroda - RHP