Games from the 21st:
Yankees 9 - Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 3-for-5: solo homer to right-center, solo homer to right-center, ground out to third, line out to first, single to left.
This was Ichiro's first two homer game since 5/15/2009 (vs Red Sox).
Baseball America's Best Tools report came out on the 19th. Ichiro was rated number one in the following categories: Best Bunter, Best Baserunner, Best Defensive Outfielder, and Best Outfielder Arm. He was also rated third in: Best Hit-And-Run Artist and Most Exciting Player.
Hideki Okajima tossed a shutout inning in relief against the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on the 21st. Final line: 5-4 NP-S, 3 BF, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.
Kei Igawa started a game against the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on the 21st and gave up 2 runs over 6.2 innings of work. He was not involved in the final decision. Final line: 86-59 NP-S, 25 BF, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR.
Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored against the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on the 21st. Matsui started at second and batted first.
Ryohei Tanaka gave up a run in 1.2 innings of relief work (he entered the game in the 4th with a runner on third and 1 out and allowed the runner to score on a sac fly before getting out of the inning) against the double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels on the 21st. Final line: 8 BF, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.