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Hiroki Kuroda downplays distractions

If Dodgers righty is consumed by the thought of being traded, he's not admitting it

Updated: July 23, 2011, 2:49 AM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Pitching like a man with a million thoughts running through his head -- which, presumably, is exactly what he is these days -- Hiroki Kuroda appeared to be slightly off his game. He was doing things he normally doesn't, like walking as many batters in the fourth inning as he had walked in any of his previous six starts, and giving up a two-run homer to the opposing pitcher.

They were the kinds of things you simply can't afford when your team doesn't score for you, which the ...

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