Kuroda-Darvish 11th all-Japanese pairing
Tuesday night’s pairing of the Yankees’ Hiroki Kuroda and the Rangers’ Yu Darvish marked the 11th time that Japanese-born pitchers opposed each other in a major-league game. It is the fourth time each has gone up against a fellow Japanese pitcher and the second time they faced each other. Darvish won a 2-0 duel with Kuroda April 24, 2012.
Kuroda’s other such matchup for the Yankees was Oct. 3, 2012 in a 14-2 victory over the Red Sox and Daisuke Matsuzaka. He also won a 2-0 decision for the Dodgers July 22, 2010 against the Mets and Hisanori Takahashi.
Darvish’s other such matchups were April 15 this year in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners and Hisashi Iwakuma and Sept. 14, 2012 in a 9-3 victory over the Mariners and Iwakuma.
The Yankees were involved in the very first matchup of Japanese-born pitchers May 7, 1999, a 10-1 Yankees victory by Hideki Irabu over the Mariners and Mac Suzuki.