Games from the 28th:
Matsui remains 2 RBI away from 1,500 MLB + NPB career RBI.
K. Matsui told reporters he was satisfied with his performance, considering his last start came on 4/22.
Pirates 6 - Brewers 5
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off. He went 3-for-6: single to left, strikeout looking, ground out to the pitcher, single to left, walk, fly out to right, infield single.
Iwamura returned to the lead-off position after spending the last two games in the seven hole.
Cardinals 6 - Braves 0
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and gave up 5 runs over 4.1 innings of work. Kawakami picked up his fourth consecutive loss to start the season. His final line: 4.1 IP, 22 BF, 5 H, 4 SO, 4 BB (3 IBB), 5 R, 4 ER.
Said Kawakami, "I should have been tougher out there. And it seems like I just couldn't get into a good groove. But that's my fault. I need to be able to make adjustments in those situations."
It seems Koji Uehara could be making a return to the MLB roster on 5/1, the same day that Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently set to rejoin the Red Sox roster, and at the same time the two teams are playing a series against each other.
Speaking of Matsuzaka, he spent some time in the bullpen on the 28th: after throwing 78 warm-up pitches, he sat the catcher down and threw an additional 30 pitches or so, focusing primarily on his change-up.