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Yankees' Kuroda leaves due to hand injury

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New York Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda attempted to remain in Wednesday's game after being struck in the pitching hand by a batted ball, but he soon left after a bout of wildness.

Boston Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino hit a second-inning comebacker that caught Kuroda on its way to center field. After talking with the team's trainer and manager Joe Girardi, Kuroda continued to pitch, but not effectively.

Kuroda hit a batter, got a groundout, issued a walk to load the bases, then hit Daniel Nava with a pitch to force in a run.

At that point, Girardi summoned Cody Eppley to replace Kuroda, and the reliever induced a double-play grounder from Dustin Pedroia to end the inning.

Kuroda was charged with two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings during his season debut.

The 38-year-old veteran is in his second season with the Yankees. He went 16-11 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2012. Kuroda spent the previous four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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