Games from the 16th:
Seattle Mariners 4 - Texas Rangers 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-3: line out to center, line out to left, walk, ground out to first. Ichiro now needs 30 hits in 12 games for 200.
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 - Pittsburgh Pirates 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 6 innings for his 12th victory of the year. Kuroda is now 12-16. Final line: 6 IP, 24 BF, 95-57 NP-S, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR.
New York Mets 12 - Atlanta Braves 2
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 9th, with the Mets up 12-2, and retired the side in order. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 9-7 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.
The Orix Group announced on Friday that they signed Ichiro Suzuki to an ad deal. Ichiro appeared in commercials for Orix between 1992 and 2000, but not since he started playing in the Majors. Ads with Ichiro will begin appearing on 10/1.
The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, via the Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III:
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Friday's game that infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka also has been shut down because of a nagging oblique strain.
Gardenhire revealed the Nishioka decision when asked by a Japanese reporter for an update.
"Nishi is not going to play for the rest of the year,'' Gardenhire said. "He's out. The trainers have shut him down. They are giving him treatment for his ribs, and he will not play for the rest of the year.''
Billy Beane is apparently looking forward to the possibility of playing in Japan next season.
"I hope we can play in Japan next year," said Beane. "[The released schedule] shouldn't be final yet. There still a chance."
According to people close to the situation, the MLB is discussing the possibility of playing a series in Japan in late March with the Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners.