Games from the 5th:
This is the first time this season that Matsui has started in left two games in a row.
Royals 6 - Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-5: infield single, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to the pitcher. Ichiro has now hit safely in 7 straight games.
Rays 6 - Red Sox 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings of work. He was not involved in the final decision. Final line: 5 IP, 27 BF, 8 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 5 R, 4 ER.
Tigers 12 - Orioles 9
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 5th, with the Orioles down 8-7, and gave up 2 runs over an inning of work. Uehara did not factor into the final decision. Final line: 1 IP, 7 BF, 3 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.
Terry Francona told reporters after Monday's game that Hideki Okajima had been feeling tightness in his back and was not in any condition to pitch. Okajima's last appearance was on 6/29. He was able to pitch in the bullpen on Monday without any problems and should be able to start pitching again beginning on the 6th.
After his shortest outing of the season, Hiroki Kuroda did some shadow pitching on the 5th in order to check on his form.
It seems Hisanori Takahashi will spend the rest of his time before the All-Star break pitching out of the bullpen.
Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-1 with 2 walks in the first game of a double-header against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 5th. He started at third and batted second. Iwamura went 0-for-2 with a walk in the second game of the double-header; he started at third and batted second.
Kazuo Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter (for the pitcher) in the 7th inning of a triple-A game against the Fresno Grizzlies on the 5th and flied out to left.