Games from the 8th:
Seattle Mariners 7 - Chicago White Sox 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: line out to second, fly out to left, ground out to second, fly out to right, intentional walk.
Philadelphia Phillies 2 - Los Angeles Dodgers 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 1 run (earned) over 5.1 innings of work. Final line: 5.1 IP, 23 BF, 93-57 NP-S, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR. Kuroda got the loss the dropped his fourth start in a row and fell to 5-7 on the year.
Fort Myers Miracle 5 - Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted first. He went 1-for-3: strikeout looking, double to left (run scored), hit by pitch, strikeout swinging. Nishioka also committed a fielding error in the top of the 7th.
Daisuke Matsuzaka had an examination that lasted about 30 minutes on the 8th and told reporters that his surgery would be on the 10th. He won't be hospitalized after the surgery and will probably begin his rehab training program shortly after getting his elbow checked the following day.
Matsuzaka also tweeted that he received a message from Boston Red Sox owner John Henry saying that he expected Matsuzaka to return healthy next season and be on the mound during the World Series.
The latest on Takashi Saito, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Reliever Takashi Saito, who has been on the disabled list since April 11, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Thursday.
"If everything goes well there, we'll send him out," Roenicke said, referring to a rehabilitation assignment. "Probably his first outing in Appleton, and then maybe he'll get a couple in Triple-A."
And Nikkan Sports wonders if Matsui's time is running out with the Oakland A's (will he be sent to the minors, or cut?).