Games from the 31st:
Seattle Mariners 3 - Baltimore Orioles 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-3: line out to left, intentional walk, strikeout swinging, reaches on E1 (run scored). Ichiro batted .210 during the month of May, worst in his career.
Kansas City Royals 7 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th, with the Angels down 6-3, and gave up an unearned run over an inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 18-10 NP-S, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.
Pawtucket Red Sox 5 - Norfolk Tides 4
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the top of the 11th (runners on first and second, 0 out) with Pawtucket down 4-3 and got out of the inning by retiring three batters in row. Okajima also got the win (1-0) after Pawtucket managed to push to across home plate in the bottom half of the inning. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 10-9 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.
Hiroki Kuroda tossed 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 31st in preparation for his next start on the 3rd (vs Cincinnati Reds).
Big head: The Oakland A's exchanged caps with a military task force (The Night Riders) recently and wore the military hats during pre-game practices on Memorial Day. Hideki Matsui did not. But not because he didn't want to. It seems his head was too big and he couldn't find one that actually fit.
In addition to fielding and batting practice, Tsuyoshi Nishioka also ran some cones (lower body workout) during workouts on the 31st. Said Nishioka, "I still feel a little discomfort. And I'm still a little concerned about the pain. I won't get called up until this goes away."
Nishioka is scheduled to play in another practice game on 6/1.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had his right elbow checked out by Dr. Lewis A Yocum on the 31st.
The latest from NECN:
BOSTON -- Daisuke Matsuzaka met with noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum in California Tuesday afternoon, then returned to Boston, where he will huddle with the Red Sox to map out a course of action.
It's believed that Yocum also recommended a course of rest and rehab Tuesday, though the Sox will wait for Matsuzaka to return to Fenway before going through all the options.
And while the following is a bit dated (posted on 5/25), I thought it only fair that I post it since it was in response to Jeff Passan's article on Matsuzaka. From Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports' HardballTalk:
There are a lot of miserable-to-watch pitchers who failed to meet expectations. How much of what we hear about Matsuzaka is fair and how much of it is the result of blowback from the Red Sox front office, embarrassed and angry at how monstrous a miscalculation they made in the first place? Isn't a player's bad attitude and bad habits the kind of thing that should be evaluated before the check is cut? In criticizing Matsuzaka for those shortcomings, shouldn't we criticize Theo Epstein and his talent evaluators as well?
You always hear about how bad Dice-K is. And that's fair as far as it goes. But you rarely hear the Red Sox criticized for their hundred million dollar blunder. In this case, I think there's room for a more evenhanded allocation of vitriol.
Takashi Saito threw 20 pitches in the bullpen on the 31st, his first session since straining his left oblique on 4/28. Saito will be allowed to throw more pitches during a second bullpen session on 6/3. Asusming no problem, the next step would be a simulated game.
Eri Yoshida left for the US out of Narita Airport today.
MLB Japan announced today that it planned on inviting 40 kids from Yuriage Junior High and Yuriage Elementary School (areas that were hit by the earthquake and tsunami) to Tokyo.