Numbers: Japanese pitchers facing off
Here's a list of the games between Japan-born starting pitchers (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau):
Tuesday: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Yu Darvish
July 22, 2010: Hiroki Kuroda vs. Hisanori Takahashi (Kuroda won)
June 19, 2009: Daisuke Matsuzaka vs. Kenshin Kawakami (Kawakami won)
May 9, 2007: Tomo Ohka vs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (Matsuzaka won)
June 19, 2002: Tomo Ohka vs. Mac Suzuki (Ohka won)
July 2, 2000: Mac Suzuki vs. Hideo Nomo (Nomo won)
May 7, 1999: Hideki Irabu vs. Mac Suzuki (Irabu won)
* Darvish is trying to start the season 3-0 and become the fifth Japanese-born starter to do so. The list of Japanese-born pitchers to start 3-0 (from Elias Sports Bureau):
2008 Daisuke Matsuzaka: Finished 18-3
2002 Kazuhisa Ishii: Finished 14-10
2000 Mac Suzuki: Finished 8-10
1998 Hideki Irabu: Finished 13-9
If Darvish wins, he will join Ishii as the only Japan-born starting pitcher to begin his MLB career 3-0.
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