The narrative in tonight’s game will surround two pitchers who could, at the end of their careers, be crowned the greatest Japanese pitchers in MLB history. After only 3 major league starts, that might be preemptive for the Texas starting pitcher Yu Darvish, but he’s certainly the most talented pitcher to come out of the NPB. You can read more about what Darvish throws and how he’s pitched thus far in my scouting report. Hiroki Kuroda will be pitching for the Yankees, and in his MLB career he’s been the most successful Japanese pitcher to switch leagues. That said, there is a different narrative a lot of Yankee fans will be watching, the Yankees’ failure to seriously pursue Darvish. When Brian Cashman opted not to aggressively bid for the Japanese super-star, he instead targeted Michael Pineda and Kuroda. While Pineda’s future with the Yankees has become a huge question mark, Kuroda could step up and show that Cashman made the right move, but could also get shelled while Darvish mows down the Yankee lineup.
|Derek Jeter SS||Ian Kinsler 2B|
|Curtis Granderson CF||Elvis Andrus SS|
|Alex Rodriguez DH||Josh Hamilton CF|
|Robinson Cano 2B||Adrian Beltre 3B|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||Michael Young DH
|Nick Swisher RF||Nelson Cruz RF
|Raul Ibanez LF||David Murphy LF|
|Eric Chavez 3B||Mike Napoli C
|Russell Martin C||Mitch Moreland 1B|
The game starts at 8:05 PM EST on YES/MLBN. Go Yankees!
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