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NYM@NYY: Kuroda fans seven in seven scoreless innings

As dominant as Hiroki Kuroda and Tim Hudson were in their most recent starts, injury concerns followed each. A line drive off his left foot was the only thing that could stop Kuroda after seven innings of one-hit ball against the Mets on Friday, while Hudson battled through left ankle discomfort to throw a shutout against the Marlins.

Both will return to the mound on Wednesday -- Kuroda on regular rest and Hudson on seven days' rest -- as the Yankees go for a sweep of the Braves at Turner Field.

"Right now, it's as raw a feeling as you're going to get," Hudson said after Monday's bullpen session determined that he would be OK to start. "Come game time, you have that adrenaline and everything else in your system. You're not feeling too much."

That adrenaline helped the 36-year-old Hudson go the distance against the Marlins on 108 pitches, but the pain proved too much to pitch through on Friday in a bullpen session. He received a cortisone shot that day, then had his start pushed back.

Kuroda won't miss any time after suffering a foot bruise that forced him to leave Yankee Stadium on crutches after the first of the Yankees' five straight wins. The right-hander said he expected to return for the eighth and ninth innings on Friday night, and manager Joe Girardi said Kuroda most certainly would have if not for the foot injury.

Kuroda needed 91 pitches to get through seven innings, striking out seven, walking one and allowing one hit in his first start against a National League squad since signing with the Yankees this past the offseason.

Kuroda's start on Wednesday will be his second of Interleague Play, and he enters the outing with a 1-4 career record against the Braves, but with a 2.10 ERA.

"When we talked about Hiroki when we got him, that's what we expected," Girardi said after Kuroda's last start. "This guy knows how to pitch, and that's what he did."

New York: Robertson nears return
The Braves will not see reliever David Robertson exiting the Yankees' bullpen in the late innings of Wednesday's series finale, but the Nationals may have to face him.

Girardi expects the Yankees to activate Robertson from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, although the right-hander will be with the team in Atlanta on Wednesday as he recovers from a strained left oblique that has kept him on the DL since May 15.

The right-hander threw a scoreless inning on Tuesday in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, following up a scoreless inning on Sunday. He threw 11 pitches (eight strikes) in his first outing, then 19 pitches (14 strikes) on Tuesday.

Atlanta: Beachy throws without ill effects
Brandon Beachy was supposed to start Wednesday instead of Hudson, but right elbow soreness prompted the Braves to take a cautious approach with the Majors' ERA leader.

Beachy threw a light bullpen session on Tuesday and will throw another on Wednesday, and he is expected to return to the rotation on Saturday against the Orioles.

The 25-year-old right-hander, who has posted a 1.98 ERA through his first 12 starts but delivered shorter outings of late, said the extra rest can't hurt.

Worth noting
Should Braves second baseman Dan Uggla play on Wednesday, it would be his 1,000th career game. He spent the first 776 with the Marlins before being traded to the Braves in November 2010. Comments