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4/8/2012: Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroki Kuroda, Yu Darvish

by on Apr.08, 2012 @ 9:40 pm, under MLB

Games from April 7:

Seattle Mariners 8 - Oakland A's 7
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-5: line out to left, RBI triple to center (run scored), single to right, pop out to short, ground out to second. [Nikkan Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to short, RBI single to left (run scored), strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging. [Nikkan Sports]

Tampa Bay Rays 8 - New York Yankees 6
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and gave up six runs (four earned) over 5.2 innings of work.  Final line: 5.2 IP, 95-55 NP-S, 28 BF, 8 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.  Kuroda took the loss. [Nikkan Sports]

Kansas City Royals 6 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first, one out, and the Angels down 5-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 13-7 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports]

Buffalo 4 - Rochester 2 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second.  He went 0-for-2: sac bunt, ground out to first, ground out to first, walk. [Sanspo]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty-seven pitches to ten batters during live batting practice on Saturday.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) threw twenty-eight pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  He also had the pitching coach stand in the batter's box for him.

Darvish held a press conference at Rangers Ballpark after his workouts and said, according to Nikkan Sports, regarding his debut game on April 9 against the Seattle Mariners, "I have pitched in many games in the past and I feel this game will end up being one of those regular starts."  He also said, "I am not in perfect condition, but I am in good enough shape to pitch."  Over fifty reporters from the US and Japan attended the press conference.

Daily Sports is carrying the following slightly different quote: "I still remember my first pro start.  I have pitched in a lot of games since then and experienced different things.  I think this next start will just be one in a long line of normal starts."