Games from April 8:
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Rangers up 5-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 10-7 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Kansas City Royals 7 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game with runners on first and third, two out, and the Angels down 5-2. Takahashi allowed the runner on third to score before getting the third out of the inning. He faced two batters in the top of the 7th and left with a runner on first and one out. Final line: 0.2 IP, 8-6 NP-S, 4 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports]
St. Louis Cardinals 9 - Milwaukee Brewers 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter to lead off the bottom of the 8th and hit a single to left and came around to score on a double by Alex Gonzalez. [Daily Sports]
Buffalo 5 - Rochester 3 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second. He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, line out to second, ground out to short, ground out to the pitcher. [Nikkan Sports]
Sacramento 10 - Las Vegas 3 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game with a runner on first and two outs in the top of the 4th and did not allow a run over 2.1 innings of work. Final line: 2.1 IP, 31-19 NP-S, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]
Nikkan Sports feels things were a bit tense at Yu Darvish's (TEX) press conference on Saturday. They also posted the following quotes from the press conference:
Opening day took place the other day. Have you ever experienced anything like it?
The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters draw about 43,000 fans and I got a lot of good experience there... I think the feel and the type of games are different.
Are there any debuts, including your amateur playing days, you remember in particular? What are your thoughts on your MLB debut?
I do remember my first pro game... But I have pitched in a lot of games since then and gained a different kind of experience. I feel this next start will be nothing more than just another regular start.
Including spring training, what part of you matured/improved the most?
With regards to that... The season just started and I am not at 100% yet. I do not necessarily feel as if I have improved more than when I was at my best in the past. But I do feel as if I am in good enough shape to pitch.