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Kuroda Gives Up Three Hits In Yankees Debut

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Hiroki Kuroda (Nick Laham/Getty Images News)

Hiroki Kuroda (Nick Laham/Getty Images News)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ James Shields threw two perfect innings in his first spring training start and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Wednesday.

Shields struck out Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. The right-hander is coming off an All-Star season in which he 16-12 with 11 complete games and four shutouts.

Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs and three hits over two innings during his Yankees’ debut. New York signed the former Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher to a $10 million, one-year contract in the offseason.

The Rays are playing without Evan Longoria, who has a bruised right hand. The All-Star third baseman, hit by a pitch during an intrasquad game on March 1, has started hitting off a tee.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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