Games from the 17th:
Seattle Mariners 4 - Philadelphia Phillies
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 3-for-4: ground out to second, infield single (run scored), single to right (run scored), double to left (run scored). Ichiro has now strung together 6 straight multi-hit games and is now pace for 185 hits.
Minnesota Twins 6 - San Diego Padres 5
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted seventh. He went 1-for-4: fly out to right, ground out to third, double to center, strikeout swinging. He also committed a throwing error in the top of the 6th.
Washington Nationals 8 - Baltimore Orioles 4
Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (with runners on first and second, 2 out, and Baltimore down 8-4) and struck out the one batter he faced. Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 5-3 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.
LA Angels 4 - New York Mets 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 7th (with 1 out and the Angels up 4-2) and retired the two batters he faced to get out of the inning. Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 8-4 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.
Texas Rangers 6 - Atlanta Braves 2
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (with a runner on first, 1 out, and the Ranges up 5-2) and got out of the inning with a double play. Final line: 0.2 IP, 1 BF, 5-3 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.
Kei Igawa was sent back to Double-A Trenton on the 16th in order to provide some help out of the bullpen (injuries).
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka, from WEEI.com:
Although those last two pieces were rather new, Francona also gave an update on what is now considered an old injury. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who underwent Tommy John surgery last Friday, will meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum on Monday for a regular post-surgery checkup and then will head down to Fort Meyers, Fla. to begin his rehabilitation. The Sox skipper said that he talked to the Japanese righty and that, "He's excited to get that under the way."
Matsuzaka could have stayed for rehab up in Boston but chose to go down to the team’s spring training home for a number of reasons, according to Francona.
"The reason for that is he can get consistent one-on-one work with a Red Sox therapist and as much as he wants," the Sox manager said. "He's not going to a clinic. He's not seeing somebody here when we're home and somebody when we're on the road. So it'll all be consistent."