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Is Hiroki Kuroda the best starting pitcher available?

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throws

(Credit: AP )

Check out Hiroki Kuroda's numbers since becoming a major-leaguer in 2008. The dude is a metronome. He's quite reliable for what he is.

But what is he? If you were running the Yankees and you acquired Kuroda, where would you slot him in your playoff starting rotation? How would his stuff play in the American League?

These are questions worth asking because Kuroda might wind up being...

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Seven items: Carlos Beltran, Tropicana Field, the Pirates and four more

Why seven items? Because, as Harlan Williams told Ben Stiller in "There's Something About Mary," "Seven's the key number here. Think about it."

1. Off the Yankees' wacky loss to the Rays, I wrote that the Yankees should seriously consider acquiring Carlos Beltran. 

Right now, it's a serious long shot. How could that change? If the Yankees enter a funk here leading...

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