Games from the 1st:
Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with Baltimore up 2-1, and retired the side in order; he also struck out Ichiro. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 12-10 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.
American League All-Star balloting update: Ichiro Suzuki is in 4th for outfielders with 674,406 votes.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 0-for-4 during a minor league practice game on the 1st. Nishioka told reporters that while his performance wasn't very good, the fact he didn't feel any pain was a big positive. He also managed to play into the 7th.
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka, from NECN.com's Sean McAdam:
It's possible that Daisuke Matsuzaka has thrown his last pitch as a member of the Red Sox.
After some consultation, Matsuzaka has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow and plans to soon tell the Red Sox that, an industry source confirmed late Wednesday night.
Like Red Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill, Youcum saw a slight tear and told Matsuzaka that one option would be to put off surgery and see if some extended down time along with strengthening the muscles around the elbow could solve the problem. Youcum also acknowledged that Matsuzaka might ultimately require surgery if the prescribed rest and rehab failed to heal the elbow.
It's possible that the mistrust that stemmed from that conflict informed Matsuzaka's decision, and, at the very least, led him to get a second opinion.
As recently as Wednesday, the Red Sox were publicly hopeful that Matsuzaka could avoid the procedure.