Games from the 2nd:
Mariners 2 - Twins 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-5: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, strikeout swinging, walk-off RBI infield single.
Red Sox 6 - Athletics 4
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and allowed three runs over 6.2 innings of work. Matsuzaka got the win and improved to 4-2. Final line: 6.2 IP, 30 BF, 10 H, 7 SO, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.
Hisanori Takahashi tossed 44 pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dan Warthen and found that he was apparently leaning a little to the left. It seems Takahashi is also working on a new type of two-seam fastball.
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted first in a triple-A game against the Reno Aces on the 2nd. He went 0-for-4 with an RBI.
Keiichi Yabu took off for Arizona from Kansai Airport yesterday. Yabu apparently decided that he might have a better shot at catching the eye of a scout if he continued his training in the Sta
Not that anyone is keeping track of this stuff, but a sports' news report last night mentioned that Hideki Matsui was the first Japanese player to have a hit reviewed by umps.