Games from the 21st:
Toronto Blue Jays 7 - Seattle Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 3-for-4: infield single, walk (steals second), RBI single to center, infield single (run scored), fly out to right.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5 - Pawtucket Red Sox 4
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Pawtucket up 3-2, and gave up 3 runs (sac fly, 2-run homer) over an inning of work. Okajima blew his 5th save and suffered his first loss of the year (5-1). Final line: 1 IP, 7 BF, 30-19 NP-S, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR.
The Oakland A's tried to recover Hideki Matsui's 500th home run ball, but failed because the 15-year-old kid that caught it said he didn't want to give it up because it was the first baseball he ever caught at a game.
And Nikkan Sports is carrying a few comments from Matsui:
You hit a great home run.
It was a fastball that got a lot of the plate. It was my third at bat [of the game] so I had a good idea of what was coming. In terms of distance, I thought it was good enough. The fact that it hit the pole means it'll be a good memory for me.
Are home runs special for batters?
The most special. It's the best outcome, the home run. But I'm not thinking home run when I get in the batter's box.
Your thoughts on your home run production decreasing after leaving Japan...
I'm sure there are a number of reasons. Different pitchers, different baseballs, different sizes stadiums. There are a lot of differences (between the NPB and the MLB). It certainly isn't the same field.