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4/18/2012: Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Yu Darvish

by on Apr.18, 2012 @ 4:36 pm, under MLB

Games from April 17:

Cleveland Indians 9 - Seattle Mariners 8
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 1-for-5: strikeout (foul tip), ground out to first, two-run isngle to right, fly out to left, ground out to short. [SanspoDaily SportsNikkan Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for Kyle Seager in the bottom of the 9th. [Sponichi]

Texas Rangers 18 - Boston Red Sox 3
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the 8th inning, with the Rangers up 16-2, and gave up a run over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 14-10 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. [Sanspo]

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - LA Dodgers 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Yovani Gallardo in the bottom of the 7th inning and successfully executed a squeeze bunt.  Aoki did not remain in the game on defense in the top of the 8th. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 3 - Chicago White Sox 2
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and gave up two runs (both earned) on six hits over 5.1 innings of work.  Chen got the win and is now 1-0 on the year.  Final line: 5.1 IP, 99-64 NP-S, 24 BF, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Dailiy Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the 9th inning and lined out to third. [Sanspo, Nikkan Sports]

Salt Lake 3 - Las Vegas 2 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the score tied at two and surrendered a one out walk-off RBI double to Ryan Langerhans.  Igarashi got the loss and is now 0-1 this season.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 7-5 NP-S, 3 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Rochester 4 - Scranton/WB 2 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second.  He went 3-for-4: reaches on E1, infield single (stole third), RBI single to left, walk (run scored), single to right. [Nikkan Sports]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) started a minor league practice game on Tuesday and tossed four shutout innings.  He also allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out five while throwing fifty-seven pitches.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) has been bumped up to the third spot in the rotation.  From the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson:

Yu Darvish will split left-handers Derek Holland and Matt Harrison in the Texas Rangers' rotation beginning Thursday at Detroit, a move that has been awaited and has multiple benefits for the two-time defending American League champions.

The primary reason, said manager Ron Washington, is to assist Darvish as he continues to adjust to life in the major leagues. The Rangers want to keep Darvish pitching on four days' rest after pitching mostly only once a week in Japan.

Darvish traveled to Boston on Sunday, had the day off on Monday, and caught parts of the Boston Marathon when he stepped out for a walk.  He posted some of images he took at his blog.  On Tuesday, Darvish tossed about forty pitches in the bullpen.  He also chatted with Bobby Valentine.