Dodgers vs. Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda starts opener for New York

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Hyun-jin Ryu starts Game 1 for the Dodgers on Wednesday, on six days rest.

The threat of rain washed away Tuesday night's Dodgers-Yankees tilt, so instead we get a pair of games on Wednesday. Phil Hughes, who was scheduled to pitch Tuesday for New York, will pitch the night game on Wednesday, which means the Dodgers face off with old friend Hiroki Kuroda for the first time.

Kuroda left the Dodgers after the 2011 season, but his four years in Los Angeles were stellar. Kuroda was just 41-46 thanks to criminal run support but put up a 3.45 ERA over 699 innings, with 523 strikeouts and 163 walks.

Among Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers with 100 starts (there are 32 of them), Kuroda is tied for 12th with a 113 ERA+ with Jerry Reuss and Burt Hooton, and is second with a 3.21 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Yankees on Wednesday for Game 1 stuck with the same lineup as they had planned on Tuesday night, while the Dodgers made some changes.

Hanley Ramirez was slated to play shortstop on Tuesday but is the designated hitter for Game 1. That moves Nick Punto from third base to shortstop, with Juan Uribe now starting and playing third. Skip Schumaker was going to start in left field on Tuesday, but instead will play second base, with Mark Ellis sitting out one of the two games.

Alex Castellanos, who along with relief pitcher Chris Withrow is a leading candidate to be optioned before Game 2 to make roster room for Chris Capuano's activation from the disabled list, starts in left field in Game 1.

Game info

Time: 10:05 a.m.

TV: KCAL, MLB Network

MLB Gameday

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