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