Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) will start Game 3 of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesdsay. From MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Gregor Chisholm:
Girardi said that the Yankees are setting their rotation to have right-hander Hiroki Kuroda pitch Game 3 at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Phil Hughes would pitch Game 4, if necessary, and Game 1 starter CC Sabathia would be available for a potential Game 5.
"We just felt that the extra rest would probably help [Kuroda]," Girardi said. "He would have been on his normal turn. We thought the extra rest would help him."
Kuroda was 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts this year for New York, but showed some signs of fatigue down the stretch as he completed a team-leading 219 2/3 innings -- his heaviest workload since coming to the Major Leagues.
"I'm really thankful and grateful for [Girardi's] consideration and I hope I can meet his expectations," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "I'm just hoping to be in the best mental and physical condition as possible for that game."
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) is slated to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Monday. From MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli and Andrew Simon:
Chen, who last pitched Monday in St. Petersburg against the Rays, has a 4.39 ERA in 16 starts on regular rest, an ERA that drops to 2.28 when he gets six or more days of rest. The 26-year-old lefty, signed out of Japan this winter, is 1-2 with a 5.25 ERA in four starts against the Yankees and will face them for Monday's home game, which is slated to start at 8:07 p.m. ET on TBS.
A pleasant surprise for the starting staff, Chen helped anchor an uncertain rotation with starter Jason Hammel sidelined by a right knee injury. Still, Chen has struggled down the stretch, posting a 5.05 ERA in six September/October starts, the worst ERA in an otherwise impressive rookie campaign.
Given that Chen is used to pitching on five days' rest in Japan, the Orioles tried to push him back whenever possible this season in hopes of keeping him fresh and easing the transition to the Major Leagues.