Games from the 7th:
Koji Uehara (BAL) entered the game in the top of the ninth and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 9-7 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. Uehera pitched on consecutive days for the first time in about 2 weeks.
Detroit Tigers 8 - Texas Rangers 1
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 9th and allowed a run in an inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 20-11 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 So, 0 HR.
Ichiro Suzuki is still in 4th place in All-Star voting (970,622). That's behind Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (2,142,867); Curtis Granderson, Yankees (1,725,654); and Josh Hamilton, Rangers (1,229,040).
And an interesting article on Matsuzaka written by MLB.com's Peter Gammons:
We don't know Daisuke Matsuzaka. Not teammates, not coaches nor front-office folks, not media, no one. He wouldn't let anyone in.
He was labeled as being stubborn or being a diva, but no one knows for certain. Or may ever know. He will soon have Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and if the normal recovery pattern is followed, his 15 months will be up in September of next year, too late for any pennant race, weeks from the end of the contract he signed with the Red Sox in the winter of 2006-07.