Derek Jeter's return lasted all of one game. But even that is nothing new for an undermanned roster the Yankees have squeezed scattered production — and just enough wins — out of all season to remain in the playoff hunt. Hiroki Kuroda pitched on both sides of a 73-minute rain delay to last five scoreless innings, and four relievers combined to complete the shutout for a soggy 2-0 win Friday night over the Twins at the Stadium. “They did a great job. It can’t be the easiest conditions to pitch in,” Joe Girardi said after the Yanks improved to 9-3 in July. “We had (Kuroda) throw a little bit underneath (the stands during the rain delay) and he talked to us that he’s done it a number of times and that he was capable of doing it. “There were concerns (about whether) we were going to be able to get through the fifth inning with the weather that we thought might be coming again.” Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano rapped RBI singles in the fifth in support of Kuroda, who wasn’t named to the AL All-Star team despite what is now an AL-leading 2.65 ERA.
Yankees shut out Twins in rain, 2-0
New York Daily News | Jul 13