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From 2008-2011, Kuroda amassed a 43-49 career record (Credit: AP )

From 2008-2011, Kuroda amassed a 43-49 career record for the Dodgers with a 3.45 ERA and 523 strikeouts. He recorded a win in the 2008 National League Division Series against the Cubs and a win against the Phillies in that year’s Championship Series. However, he gave up six runs in an inning-plus against the Phillies in his only start of the 2009 NLCS.

Get to know Hiroki Kuroda

The Yankees signed veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, 37, to a one-year, $10 million deal for the 2012 season. Learn more about the Japanese hurler with these 10 facts.

Compiled by Jim Mancari

Hiroki Kuroda was born in Osaka, Japan, in
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Hiroki Kuroda was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1975. He is one of 13 Japanese-born ballplayers currently on Major League rosters.

Kuroda’s father, Kazuhiro Kuroda, was a centerfielder for
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Kuroda’s father, Kazuhiro Kuroda, was a centerfielder for the Nankai Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball from 1949-1956.

Kuroda was drafted in the second round of
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Kuroda was drafted in the second round of the Nippon draft in 1996 and won the Japanese Rookie of the Year Award in 1997.

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Appearing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens,
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Appearing in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Kuroda picked up two wins as a reliever in Japan’s bronze medal finish.

Prior to the 2007 season, Kuroda agreed to
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Prior to the 2007 season, Kuroda agreed to a four-year, 1.2 billion yen ($15.6 million U.S.) to remain with the Hiroshima Tokyo Carp. However, the contract included a clause in which Kuroda could negotiate with Major League teams at any point during the four-year span. Sure enough, after the first year of the four-year contract, he wound up signing a three-year, $35.3 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

From 2008-2011, Kuroda amassed a 43-49 career record
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From 2008-2011, Kuroda amassed a 43-49 career record for the Dodgers with a 3.45 ERA and 523 strikeouts. He recorded a win in the 2008 National League Division Series against the Cubs and a win against the Phillies in that year’s Championship Series. However, he gave up six runs in an inning-plus against the Phillies in his only start of the 2009 NLCS.

Kuroda has a four-pitch repertoire: a low-to-mid 90s
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Kuroda has a four-pitch repertoire: a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a splitter, a sinker and a two-seam sinker that’s effective in getting ground balls.

After a loss to the Rockies on July
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After a loss to the Rockies on July 27, 2011, Kuroda became the first Dodgers starting pitcher since Orel Hershiser (1992-1993) to lose at least 13 games for two straight seasons. He finished 13-16 in 2011.

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Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth
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Kuroda took a perfect game into the eighth inning against Atlanta on July 7, 2008, but surrendered a leadoff double to lose the bid — to Mark Teixeira. It was the only hit allowed in Kuroda’s 91-pitch, complete-game shutout.

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