Games from the 28th:
Atlanta Braves 5 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 2-for-4: lead off homer (1), walk, ground out to the pitcher (steals third), infield single (run scored), strikeout swinging. Ichiro now has 33 lead-off homers in his MLB career.
San Francisco Giants 13 - Chicago Cubs 7 (Game 1)
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: fly out to center, walk, ground out to short, strikeout (foul tip), ground out to first.
San Fransisco Giants 6 - Chicago Cubs 3 (Game 2)
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as defensive replacement in the top of the 8th (he took over in right). He went 0-for-1: fly out to left.
LA Angels 11 - Washington Nationals 5
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the top of the 6th, with runners on first and second, 2 out, and the Angels up 3-2. Takahashi allowed both inherited runners to scores (one earned), in addition to one of his own (unearned), before getting out of the inning on a strikeout. Final line: 0.1 IP, 4 BF, 23-11 NP-S, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. Takahashi got the win (2-1) and also recorded his 2nd blown save of the year.
Texas Rangers 7 - Houston Astros 3
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the bottom of the 9th, with the Rangers up 7-2, and retired the first two batters he faced before he allowed a run to score on three consecutive hits (double, single, single). He was removed from the game after that. Final line: 0.2 IP, 5 BF, 28-19 NP-S, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.
Nashville Sounds 3 - New Orleans Zephyrs 2
Takashi Saito entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Nashville up 3-2, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 15-11 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.
Hiroki Kuroda threw 35 pitches (instead of his normal 36) in the bullpen on the 28th in preparation for his start on 7/1. Kuroda told reports he changed the number of pitches he throws in the hopes that he can change his luck a little.
Seems he's also drawing some interest on the trade market. From FoxSports' Jon Morosi:
In a trade market short on high-end starters — at least right now — he's the Dodgers' best trade chip. The righty is 0-4 this month despite a 2.12 ERA, and one major-league source told FOXSports.com that "a lot of clubs" already have shown interest in acquiring him.
The Rockies and Reds scouted Kuroda's most recent outing, although it's not clear if they did so as part of regular coverage. Kuroda is owed around $6 million and is eligible for free agency after this season. He has a full no-trade clause.
Via Nikkan Sports: Ichiro Suzuki dropped to 7th in the latest All-Star balloting update published by the MLB.
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays: 5,263,840
Curtis Granderson, Yankees: 4,582,419
Josh Hamilton, Rangers: 3,173,000
Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox: 3,051,675
Carl Crawford, Red Sox: 2,294,337
Nelson Cruz, Rangers: 1,912,783
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners: 1,912,062