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NEW YORK -- In a revolving-door season, Joe Girardi is grateful he has to spend little time worrying about Hiroki Kuroda. There are those moments, though, that the New York Yankees manager has to remind himself the Japanese ace is not one of the many young faces in his clubhouse. Kuroda gave another steady performance Friday night, pitching two-hit ball for eight dominant innings and leading the Yankees to one more victory over Mark Buehrle and the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-0 to end a two-game skid. "One thing we do pay attention to is some of his pitch counts because hes not 25 either, but he goes out there and sometimes he acts like he is," Girardi said. "So we have to make sure we dont get confused and forget how old he is and that we take care of him; were responsible with him and make sure he can bounce back every start because thats what you want." And what they desperately need right now. With lefty Andy Pettitte joining fellow starter Ivan Nova on to the disabled list earlier Friday, two of the 13 pinstriped players sidelined with injuries this season, the Yankees cant take any risks with Kuroda. And that is why Girardi didnt hesitate to lift the 38-year-old after the eighth and 109 pitches. Kuroda (6-2) struck out five and walked one in cooling off a club that had scored 33 runs in its previous three games and had won a season-high four in a row. The Yankees most consistent starter since the start of last season, Kuroda won for the fourth time in five starts. He is 2-0 in three starts against the Blue Jays this year -- matching up each time against Buehrle (1-3) -- allowing four runs in 21 1-3 innings. Preston Claiborne finished the four-hitter. "In the first inning I knew this was going to be a good night for us," rookie catcher Austin Romine said. Romine and Brett Gardner had run-scoring hits, Robinson Cano hit an RBI grounder and Jayson Nix had two sacrifice flies in dropping Buehrle to 1-10 in 15 starts against the Yankees. The left-hander hasnt beaten New York since April 10, 2004, when he was with the Chicago White Sox. The AL East-leading Yankees defeated last-place Toronto for the fifth straight time this season in New York and for the seventh time in eight games overall. Kuroda gave up a leadoff double to Melky Cabrera and didnt allow another hit until Edwin Encarnacions one-out single in the seventh. Between the two hits, Kuroda faced the minimum, picking off Munenori Kawasaki after a third-inning walk. "All my pitches were pretty good," Kuroda said. "Felt good, especially in the first inning when I struck out (Jose) Bautista and Encarnacion." Kuroda helped himself get out of the first inning unscathed by snaring J.P. Arencibias liner. Fans cheered and laughed at the fortunate catch when the replay of Kuroda sticking out his glove for the ball was shown on the video board in centre field. Kuroda also made a nice play for the first out of the second, bounding off the mound to field Adam Linds tapper. Gardner led off the bottom of the first with a triple and scored on Canos grounder to second. Buehrle settled down, allowing only Nixs third-inning walk before rookie David Adams singled leading off the fifth. "When you run into hot pitching like that, you try to shut them down as long as you can," Buehrle said. Romine singled with one out and Gardner walked to load the bases before Nixs fly to left made it 2-0. Aaron Loup relieved Buehrle after the first three batters in the seventh had hits, including an RBI double by Romine. Gardner slapped an opposite-field single past diving third baseman Brett Lawrie with the infield in, and Nix followed with a long fly to centre that upped the lead to five runs. "Buehrle was rolling along, too," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "He had only given up two runs and was matching (Kuroda) there and kept us in the game, and then they exploded on us late there. But I thought he did a nice job as well." Buehrle yielded five runs and six hits in six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out four. NOTES: RHP Joba Chamberlain (right oblique strain) played long toss at Yankee Stadium. He is scheduled for a bullpen session Sunday. ... The Yankees recalled Vidal Nuno from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... Blue Jays RHP Josh Johnson (triceps) threw a side session. Gibbons said he felt good. He will go to the Blue Jays complex in Dunedin, Fla., next week and will make a minor league rehab start. ... Blue Jays RHP Dustin McGowan (60-day DL, shoulder) is going to move to Triple-A Buffalo to continue his rehab. He was with Class-A Dunedin. ... 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East Carolina and UNLV are out of the Big 12s expansion derby.Officials at both schools said Wednesday that they were notified by the Big 12 that they are no longer being considered for membership.East Carolina spokesman Tom McClellan says Commissioner Bob Bowlsby notified Chancellor Cecil Staton of the leagues decision Tuesday by phone.Athletic director Jeff Compher says its obviously not the decision we were hoping for, but expressed satisfaction that we were able to tell our story to not only the Big 12, but the entire nation.East Carolina is beginning its third season in the American Athletic Conference after winning two Conference USA championships in football in the 2000s.UNLV President Len Jessup and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement later in the day to acknowledge the Rebels were no longer being considered. UNLV has been a member of the Mountain West Conference since 1990.As the landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to change, ensuuring UNLV is properly positioned and is a member of a conference that is the best fit for our university and community remains part of our long-term vision, the statement said.dddddddddddd We remain committed to fulfilling our responsibility to be a strong and successful member of the Mountain West.Its not yet clear if any other schools have received similar notification from the league, which announced July 19 that its presidents had authorized Bowlsby to begin evaluating schools for possible expansion of the 10-team conference by two or four members.The conference has not commented publicly on its plans nor has it committed to adding schools.Bowlsby has put no timetable on the Big 12s decision, though he has said the conference would like to move quickly and not interfere with the football season. The presidents meet again in early October. 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