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Dodgers vs. Yankees: Clayton Kershaw, Hiroki Kuroda face off for first time

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The Dodgers, at 19-5 in July, need a win Wednesday night for their first 20-win month since May 2010, and the second best winning percentage in any single month since moving to Los Angeles (Dodgers were 17-3, .850, in April 1977).

Hiroki Kuroda reportedly has not yet been attacked by Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Hiroki Kuroda reportedly has not yet been attacked by Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
Denis Poroy

The Dodgers finish up their homestand with perhaps the best pitching matchup of the year at Dodger Stadium. At the very least, Wednesday's battle with the Yankees will be the most special on the mound, with ace Clayton Kershaw facing off with old friend Hiroki Kuroda pitching for the Yankees.

Kershaw leads the majors in ERA at 1.99, while Kuroda is seventh at 2.51.

Kuroda has allowed just two runs during July, allowing zero runs in three of his four starts during the month. He has lasted at least seven innings in three of those four starts and is 3-0 with an 0.69 ERA during the month with 16 strikeouts and five walks in 26 innings.

This marks Kuroda's first start at Dodger Stadium since leaving as a free agent after 2011.

Kershaw has more than twice as many strikeouts (38) and less than half as many walks (two) as Kuroda during July, though the left-hander has had the audacity to allow seven runs in his five starts this month. He is 4-1 with a 1.62 ERA during the month in 38 innings.

The only National League hurler with at least three starts and a better ERA is Madison Bumgarner at 1.55. Wily Peralta of the Brewers is at 1.64 in July and starts Wednesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Kershaw won the National League Pitcher of the Month award once in his career, in July 2011.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket (English and Spanish)

MLB Gameday