The Yankees and Pirates will each play in their second doubleheader of the season Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, with New York looking to remain undefeated in 2014 twin bills and the Bucs trying to reverse their winless fortunes when playing two on the same day.
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda is slated to start for the Yankees in the first game, scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. ET first pitch. Kuroda, who spent the first four seasons of his Major League career in the National League with the Dodgers, has made seven starts against Pittsburgh and has enjoyed success. He is 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA lifetime against the Bucs.
Kuroda is coming off a rough outing against the Mets on May 12, a no-decision in which he gave up four runs (two home runs) on seven hits in six innings. He has been inconsistent so far in 2014 and is looking to string together multiple solid efforts.
Kuroda will be opposed by right-hander Charlie Morton. Despite posting a 1.40 ERA (3 ER in 19.1 IP) over his last three starts, Morton is 0-2 in that span, and he is still searching for his first win of the season (0-5). He will be making his first career start against the Yankees.
Left-hander Vidal Nuno is scheduled to take the hill for the Yankees in the second game, which is slated for first pitch 30 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1. Nuno was moved from the bullpen into the starting rotation when it was determined that right-hander Ivan Nova would need Tommy John surgery. Nuno has struggled, posting a 4.94 ERA (13 ER in 23 2/3 IP) in five starts since then.
Right-hander Gerrit Cole will take the hill in Game 2 for the Bucs. Cole has allowed three earned runs or more in five of his eight starts this season, including his last three. Like Morton, he'll be facing the Yankees for the first time.
Pirates: Martin progressing, hopes to return next week
Bucs catcher Russell Martin, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list after injuring his left hamstring April 25, said he's hoping to return to the lineup sometime next week. He took part in live batting practice Saturday at Yankee Stadium and has caught two bullpen sessions.
"I felt like I've been approaching it as carefully and as intelligently as I can," Martin said. "I'm trying to stay out of my own way as far as being over-aggressive, which is what I tend to do."
Backup catcher Tony Sanchez has seen most of the playing time since Martin was injured, and he went 2-for-4 with two singles in the series opener with the Yankees. Since being inserted into the starting lineup on April 26, he's hitting .255 (12-for-47) in 11 games.
Yankees: Jeter likely to play in one game Sunday
Derek Jeter will likely play in one of the two games Sunday, though Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Saturday he didn't know which one yet.
"I'll talk to Derek and see," Girardi said. "But I can't tell you which one I'll play him in. I would think he'll only play one game."
Jeter played in the second game of New York's doubleheader against the Cubs on April 16, going 1-for-5. That game was Jeter's first after missing three contests due to a tight quadriceps.
• The Yankees are 6-4 in Interleague games so far this season, and all four of their shutouts have come against NL opponents (two against the Cubs in the doubleheader, and two against the Mets at Citi Field on Wednesday and Thursday).
• Mark Teixeira extended his hitting streak to six games by going 1-for-4 with a two-run homer off Pirates starter Edinson Volquez on Saturday. The homer was the 350th of Teixeira's career, and four of his nine homers this season have come in his last six games.
• Morton hasn't surrendered a home run in his last 21 1/3 innings, dating back to the fifth inning against the Brewers on April 18, when Carlos Gomez took him deep for a solo shot to center field.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.