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Hiroki Kuroda leaves game after getting hit in hand by comebacker

Hiroki Kuroda leaves the game in the second

Hiroki Kuroda leaves the game in the second inning with trainer Steve Donohue after getting hit in the hand with a line drive by Boston Red Sox outfield Shane Victorino at Yankee Stadium. (April 3, 2013) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

It hasn't been a good start for Yankees starting pitchers so far.

Two days after the Boston Red Sox roughed up CC Sabathia on Opening Day, Hiroki Kuroda was forced to leave Wednedsay night's game in the top of the second inning with an apparent hand injury.

With the Red Sox ahead 1-0, Kuroda took a Shane Victorino line drive off of his right hand three pitches into the second inning. He stayed in the game after trainers came out to assess the situtation, but things unraveled from that point. Kuroda hit Jackie Bradley, Jr., got a force out from Jose Iglesias and walked Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases. After a mound visit, Kuroda hit Daniel Nava with a pitch to plate the second Red Sox run.

Cody Eppley replaced Kuroda and induced a double play to end the inning.

Kuroda only threw 41 pitches and gave up two earned runs on four hits, one walk and two HBPs in 1 1/3 innings. He only struck out one batter.

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