April 19, 2012 12:00 AM
" Hiroki Kuroda uses a translator to help him with post-game interviews, but some things are easy to communicate regardless of language differences.
If a pitcher who relies on the sinker throws pitches without any sink, for example, he isn't going to be very successful. Kuroda is a pitcher who relies on the sinker, so we'll just tell you that he lasted 4.1 innings and allowed six runs before allowing you to fill in the blank about how good his main pitch was on Wednesday night.
The main culprit was Justin Morneau, who was the lucky recipient of two Kuroda meatballs and deposited each of them into the stands. The first helped them to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first, a lead the Yankees nearly erased in the bottom of the inning, and the second chased Kuroda from the game in the fifth inning.
Derek Jeter, who is taking Prince's advice and partying like it's 1999, hit another homer in the ninth and the Yankees closed within 6-5 before Matt Capps was able to slam the door on the comeback "
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