Games from the 9th:
MLB.com's Evan Drellich writes that Hideki Matsui may not return to the Angels next season. A snip:
Strong finish or not, it could be a case of too little too late -- certainly in terms of helping the Angels win, and quite possibly in terms of his return next season. The Angels entered Thursday 9 1/2 games out of a playoff spot, and Matsui, 36, is to be a free agent this offseason after he signed a one-year, $6 million deal in December.
Even had Matsui hit evenly this season, there simply may not be a spot for him next year. The Angels have long been believed to be a top suitor for Rays outfielder Carl Crawford, and another 36-year-old, Bobby Abreu, has a year left on his contract and appears headed for the DH role that Matsui's filled. When Scioscia didn't start Matsui on Wednesday, one of the reasons was because he wanted to get Abreu into the DH spot.
While Akinori Iwamura would obviously love to stay in the Majors next season, he reiterated to reporters the importance of playing for a team that needed him and added that he also wanted to return to Japan while teams still might need him.