Games from the 24th:
Matsui has hit safely in 9 straight.
Cubs 5 - Nationals 4
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as defensive replacement (right field) in the 7th and picked up a single to center in his only at bat in the 9th.
Fukudome has now hit safely in 5 straight games.
Mets 6 - Marlins 5
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th with the score tied at 5 and tossed a shutout inning in relief for his 8th victory of the year. Takahashi is now 8-6 on the year. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.
Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-4 with a walk against the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on the 24th. He started at second and batted first.
For the time being, it seems the Rockies don't have any plans to include him when they expand rosters in September.
Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a strikeout against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 24th. Iwamura started at second and batted second.
Ryohei Tanaka started a game against the double-A Akron Aeros on the 24th and gave up 5 runs (1 earned) over 4 innings of work. Tanaka got the loss and dropped to 6-12 on the year. Final line: 20 BF, 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR.
It was Japanese Heritage Night at AT&T park on the 24th. Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player to make his debut in the MLB, was a special guest.