Games from April 13:
Oakland A's 4 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 1-for-4: fly out to center, single to left, ground out to first, pop out to third in foul territory. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
New York Yankees 5 - LA Angels 0
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and tossed eight shutout innings. Final line: 8 IP, 109-71 NP-S, 29 BF, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 0 HR. Kuroda got the win and is now 1-1. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Iowa 6 - Round Rock 5 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. This was Tateyama's first outing since being placed on the DL. Final line: 1 IP, 13-8 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the bottom of the 6th and tossed two shutout inning in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 29-20 NP-S, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.
Mike Cameron threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Friday; Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) got behind home plate and received the toss.
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) walked off the field to a standing ovation but did not tip his cap. When asked why, he said to reporters, "I may have thought about it if this were the last game of the World Series. But we are still at the start of the season."
Takashi Saito (ARI) tossed one inning in a minor league practice game on Friday. He topped out at 145km/h.
Sponichi wonders how Yu Darvish (TEX) handles the team's first road trip (distances and weather changes).
And Nikkan Sports is continuing with their Darvish-is-having-problems-with-Mike-Maddux-and-Andy-Hawkins story by providing the following quotes from the two coaches:
Maddux: "There is no need for me to tell anyone [about what we said]. There is nothing!"
Hawkins: "Maddux is in charge, talk to him!"