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Hiroki Kuroda notches rare seven-inning shutout

New York Yankees' Kuroda pitches to the Los Angeles Angels in their MLB game in New York

New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda throws a pitch to the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York July 13, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

REUTERS

With the rain showing no sign of stopping, Wednesday’s game between the Blue Jays and Yankees was called in the bottom of the seventh with the Bombers up 6-0, giving Hiroki Kuroda a seven-inning shutout.

It was the first shutout (or complete game of any kind) for Kuroda since he had two in his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2008. Even without a delay, he almost certainly would have been done for the day after the top of the seventh, as he had thrown 108 pitches.

Not counting any combined efforts, Kuroda’s unusual shutout was the longest in a non-nine-inning game since Baltimore’s Mark Hendrickson had a seven-inning shutout against the Yankees on July 21, 2003. The Yankees’ Phil Hughes had one of last year’s two non-nine-inning shutouts, picking one up in a six-inning game against the White Sox on Aug. 2.