Hiroki Kuroda pitched a solid 6.1 innings, allowing only two runs while pitching on a homer by Boston catcher AJ Pierzynski. Following Kuroda's departure from the game Matt Thornton struggled, allowing the remaining runners to score that were Kuroda's responsibility. Three walks is excessive for Kuroda, but until the seventh inning he was able to strand runners and get key outs when he needed to. After Thornton, the next three relievers delivered 2.1 perfect innings. Adam Warren continues to show that he is the deserving man of being the Yankees regular eighth inning reliever and Shawn Kelley came back from a bad outing against the Orioles on Wednesday in a tie game that he ended up losing in the ninth after allowing two runs. With Robertson on the disabled list, it will be important for the combination of Warren and Kelley to pitch well in the last two innings of games with a lead. The pair has done well, specifically Warren who looks like a devastating strikeout pitcher.
In tomorrow night's finale, the Yankees will look to take 3 out of 4 from the Red Sox with Ivan Nova on the mound. Nova has pitched horribly in his first two starts and looks like he is losing focus on the mound. Felix Doubront will face the Yankees, and the Yankees are familiar with the lefty and have had success off him in the past.