Kuroda no-show a mystery

July, 2, 2013
7/02/13
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda was not in the clubhouse before tonight's game against the Twins, an absence that is as-yet unexplained.

Kuroda's absence was noticed by the large Japanese media contingent that covers the Yankees because of his presence and that of outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

When Kuroda did not appear to throw his normal bullpen session three days before his next scheduled start, a Japanese reporter asked Joe Girardi where he was. The manager answered cryptically: "I'll address that after the game."

There are rumors that Kuroda was taken to a local hospital suffering from a stomach virus and that he was suffering from some kind of leg injury, but we'll know for sure when Girardi tells us after the game.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146