Games from the 30th:
Chicago Cubs 5 - San Francisco Giants 2 (13 innings)
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-3: ground out to second, walk, single to right (steals second), strikeout swinging. Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 10th.
Pawtucket Red Sox 6 - Rochester Red Wings 5
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Pawtucket up 5-4, and gave up a game-tying during his 1-inning outing. Okajima blew his 4th save of the year and also picked up the win (3-0) when Pawtucket broke the tie in the bottom of the 8th. Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 25-19 NP-S, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.
Ichiro Suzuki finished out the first half of the season (81 games) with 92 hits. Over the last 10 years, Ichiro has averaged 109.3 hits through the last 81 games of the season.
Nikkan Sports notes that Yoshikazu Fukushima (MLB analyst) feels there are three reasons why Ichiro won't finish with 200 hits this season: fatigue; inability to hit early in the game (.208 average in his first at bat compared to a .419 average in his 3rd at bat); and a possible lack of motivation (two of his worst hit totals have come after setting records: rookie record 242 hits in 2001 followed by 208 hits in 2002; and record-setting 262 hits in 2004 followed by 206 hits in 2005).
The latest on Takashi Saito, from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday the Milwaukee Brewers probably will drop a position player when reliever Takashi Saito is activated from the disabled list, either Friday or Saturday in Minnesota.