Even though he is guaranteed to be in manager Joe Girardi's Yankees rotation, Hiroki Kuroda won't spend spring training on cruise control.

"I don't think I had all my stuff,'' Kuroda said following a three-inning stint against the Astros last night at George M. Steinbrenner Field in a 4-3 loss. "It wasn't consistent. My two-seamer wasn't there. The cutter wasn't cutting.''

Girardi said early in camp that CC Sabathia and Kuroda weren't competing for rotation spots. That left four pitchers for the final three slots.

Although he wasn't satisfied, Kuroda didn't allow a run, gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two.