NEW YORK -- Starting pitching has been the most important component of a hot stretch that saw the Yankees sitting at 15 games over .500 entering play on Wednesday.
Hiroki Kuroda's seven-inning outing in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Braves was the Yankees' 19th consecutive start of six or more innings, marking the longest streak in the Majors this season.
"I'm extremely impressed," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "A lot of those have been in National League cities, where you have to have a lead and you have to be pitching well or you'll probably get pinch-hit [for]. It's been impressive."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the run marks the Yankees' longest such stretch since 1981, when they also compiled 19 starts of six or more innings in a row.