Games from the 4th:
Tampa Bay Rays 3 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: line out to pitcher, ground out to short, ground out to the catcher, fly out to center. Ichiro currently has 63 hits in 58 games and is on pace to finish the year with 176 hits.
Boston Red Sox 9 - Oakland A's 8 (14 innings)
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth. He went 1-for-7: ground out to second, line out to right, strikeout swinging, GIDP, strikeout swinging, single to right, ground out to first. Matsui also managed to break out of a career high 0-for-19 stretch with a single in the 11th.
Baltimore Orioles 5 - Toronto Blue Jays 3
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Baltimore up 5-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 18-12 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.
St. Louis Cardinals 5 - Chicago Cubs 4 (12 innings)
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first. He went 3-for-6: double to center, line out to left, single to center, RBI ground rule double to left, ground out to short, ground out to short.
Isao Harimoto feels that Ichiro Suzuki's recent struggles has to do with his age. Sachio Kinugasa pointed to Ichiro's calf injury from last season as a possible cause (he's overcompensating). via Nikkan Sports
FWIW: Ichiro had his 19th hitless game on the 3rd, one more than the 18 he recorded in 2009.
And some interesting Daisuke Matsuzaka links:
If the Red Sox are smart - and we all know they are - here is what they will do now: nothing. Under the terms of baseball's collective bargaining agreement, the Red Sox have the right to dictate Matsuzaka's medical care. They can decide whether Matsuzaka will have surgery and who performs it. If Matsuzaka goes to Dr. Lewis Yocum and has tendon transplant (or Tommy John) surgery without the team's blessing, the Red Sox could ultimately claim a violation of the contract between the sides and seek damages from the player.
For sure, Matsuzaka was any easy target during his time here. In the public relations war that has existed between him and the Red Sox, Matsuzaka has been slaughtered because he has no real relationship with the American media. Even in this last case, all information from Matsuzaka came through Japan. Matsuzaka can lament that reality all he likes, but the truth is that he never really made the attempt to turn himself over to the Red Sox. From the moment Matsuzaka signed with the team, in fact, members of the Japanese media openly wondered whether Matsuzaka alienated himself with his own translators and trainers. He insulated himself and treated the Red Sox like outsiders when he was the one coming into an already established situation.
The Boston Globe's Michael Vega:
Asked yesterday what had changed from the time Matsuzaka underwent his MRI to yesterday, when it appeared all but inevitable Matsuzaka would require surgery, Francona said, "I don't know that a whole lot changed in the diagnostic stuff. I just think any time something like this happens, you don't rush into surgery."
Francona said Matsuzaka underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection in the hopes it would help ward off surgery. PRP therapy has been known to help strengthen and thicken tissue up to 40 percent, in some cases.
"They did the PRP and they waited the two weeks to see Dr. Yocum, so the PRP wouldn't get in the way," Francona said. "We tried to do it [the] appropriate [way], and I think we did. Again, Dr. Yocum has a lot of experience in this area and it seems like from talking to him and Dr. Gill that this is probably what needs to happen."
The fact that Dice-K may go back to Japan is interesting, but it appears as if Matsuzaka just doesn't work in the United States. He chafes under the American way of baseball, ranging from the way Boston wants him to exercise to not being able to rack up pitch counts, trying to nibble instead of attack. The list goes on. Leading up to the recent decision to have Tommy John surgery, there have been constant clashes and communication issues that could all be borne out of the fact that Matsuzaka "doesn't trust people," as Dice-K's agent told Gammons.
FYI: Evan Brunell is quoting from this WEEI article.