Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton

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Buckley: Thumbs up on Kuroda, thumbs down on Hamilton

The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley joined Lou Merloni on "Uno Sports Tonight" and says Hiroki Kuroda should hold up two more years at his current innings pace.

Kuroda declined the Yankees qualifying offer, making him a free agent. Should the Red Sox be interested?

Buckley says Kuroda's age -- he'll be 38 by Opening Day -- is daunting. Still, he has shown durability by averaging 206 innings the past three years.

"That's like the 1920s by today's standards," Buckley said. "It suggests to me that he'll be able to do it for two more years."

And what of high-profile free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton? Buckley is concerned over comments ex-Rangers teammate Mike Adams made about Hamilton.

According to Adams, some days Hamilton brings it and some days he doesn't.

"When it's a teammate saying that," said Buckley, "it makes me wonder if you want to sign this guy more than a couple of years which is what he's looking for."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

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Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.