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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Kuroda was perfect -- for five

By Mike Mazzeo

Hiroki Kuroda’s bid for perfection is over.

Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta’s single up the middle leading off the top of the sixth inning in Game 2 of the ALCS on Sunday afternoon ended Kuroda’s chance at becoming the second Yankees pitcher to ever throw a perfect game in the postseason.

Don Larsen accomplished the feat in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay threw a no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS.

Kuroda struck out seven of the first nine batters he faced.