He and his wife, Masayo, have two daughters, Hinatsu and Wakana… father, Kazuhiro Kuroda, was a professional baseball player for the Nankai Hawks. Attended Uenomiya High School and Senshu University in Japan… was selected by the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League as a second-round draft pick in 1996. Waited tables at Pasadena's Panda Inn during the Dodgers' 2008 Winter Caravan… also made hospital visits to City of Hope during the caravan in 2008 and '09… donated $100,000 to the Dodgers Dream Foundation in 2009, with a portion of those funds going to the team's charity, ThinkCure!… also donated $50,000 to ThinkCure! in 2011. Pledged $50,000 to benefit Japanese tsunami relief efforts and organized a fundraiser at Camelback Ranch on 3/19/11 to raise money for the American Red Cross Japan Tsunami Fund. Pitched for the 2004 bronze medal-winning Japan Olympic Team, earning two wins in relief… in 1999, pitched in the International Cup in Sydney, Australia, earning a win over Korea and tossing a complete-game shutout vs. Taiwan.
Went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA (201.1IP, 74ER) in 32 starts for the Yankees… was 7-3 with a
2.35 ERA (88.0IP, 23ER) in 14 starts at Yankee Stadium and 4-10 with a 4.05 ERA (113.1IP, 51ER) in 18 road starts. His nine scoreless starts were the most among all American League hurlers… became
just one of four Yankees pitchers since 1921 to record at least eight scoreless starts
of at least 7.0IP in one season, joining Whitey Ford (nine in both 1958 and '64), Ron
Guidry (nine in 1978) and Mel Stottlemyre (eight in 1972). Of his 32 starts, 18 immediately followed a Yankees loss, with Kuroda combining to go 6-7 with a 2.79 ERA (113.0IP, 35ER) in those outings… allowed 3ER or less in 15 of those starts, holding his opponent scoreless six times. Ended April with a 4-1record, marking just the third time in his career that he won at least four games in a calendar month (also
June 2012, 4-1; and August 2011, 5-1). Went undefeated in July, going 3-0 in five starts with a 0.55 ERA
(33.0IP, 25H, 2ER, 6BB, 24K), marking the lowest single-month ERA (min: 5GS) by any Yankees pitcher since at least 1916. Recorded a completegame shutout on 4/14 vs. Baltimore (9.0IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 5K)… was his fifth career completegame shutout and third as a Yankee (also 8/14/12 vs. Texas, 3-0; and 7/18/12 vs. Toronto, 6-0 in seven innings)… marked the first 9.0-inning complete-game shutout by a Yankees
pitcher in the Bronx without issuing a walk since David Wells on 4/10/03 vs. Minnesota… was the
Yankees' first completegame shutout vs. the Orioles in the Bronx since Mike Mussina on 9/28/01 (7-0). Was charged with an earned run when David Robertson relieved him and allowed an inherited runner to score (Colby Rasmus) in the eighth inning of his start on 4/20 vs. Toronto… marked an end to a 20.1-inning scoreless streak dating back to 4/8 at Cleveland. Surpassed the 1,000.0IP mark on 6/13 at Oakland (1,006.0IP), becoming just the third Japanese-born pitcher in Major League history to record 1,000IP or more in his career - also Hideo Nomo (1,976.1IP) and Tomo Ohka (1,070.0IP). Had a 21.2-inning scoreless streak at Yankee Stadium snapped in the first inning of his start on 8/3 vs. the White
Sox… according to Elias, marked the third-longest streak of consecutive scoreless innings for any pitcher at the current Yankee Stadium, trailing only a 23.2-inning scoreless streak by CC Sabathia in 2011 and a 22.0-inning stretch by Kuroda earlier in the season from 4/25-6/2. Gave up a home run to the Rays' Jose Lobaton in the second inning of his start on 8/23 at Tampa Bay, snapping a single-season, career-best stretch of 58.1IP (since 6/30) without allowing a homer (credit: Elias). Went winless over his last eight starts of the season from 8/17-9/24, going 0-6 with a 6.56 ERA (46.2IP, 34ER)… tied
the longest winless stretch of his career (also 4/9-5/16/08 with Los Angeles-NL).