NEW YORK — Hiroki Kuroda busied himself during a 73-minute rain delay by throwing pitches in the batting cage adjacent to the Yankees’ dugout, telling anyone who would listen that he would have no problem heading back to the mound once the heavy showers subsided.
Kuroda said he was twice told by pitching coach Larry Rothschild that his night was complete, but his determination won over the Yankees. He went back out to finish five innings and pick up the victory after the Yankees defeated the Twins, 2-0, at Yankee Stadium.
“He’s a machine. I’m glad I’m on his team,” closer Mariano Rivera said. “He has been there for us. He has given us a lot of great games.”
Kuroda’s five scoreless innings willed him to just his second win in his last 10 starts. He picked up a major assist along the way from left-hander Boone Logan, who struck out the side in the seventh inning to squelch a Twins rally that had the potential tying run on base.
“It can’t be the easiest conditions to pitch in; the mound is probably not what they’re used to, and you have to be careful that you don’t slip,” manager Joe Girardi said. “They did a really good job. Boone Logan came in and did an outstanding job.”
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