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4/19/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Junichi Tazawa, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Apr.19, 2012 @ 6:08 pm, under MLB

Games from April 18:

Seattle Mariners 4 - Cleveland Indians 1 [Sponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 1-for-3: solo homer to right (1), walk, fly out to center, fly out to center (runner doubled off first). [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at second and batted eighth.  He went 0-for-3: line out to second, walk (caught trying to steal second), pop out to short, ground out to first. [Nikkan Sports]

Minnesota Twins 6 - New York Yankees 5
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and gave up six runs over 4.1 innings of work.  Final line: 4.1 IP, 81-52 NP-S, 23 BF, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR. [Sponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Chicago White Sox 8 - Baltimore Orioles 1
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) start in left and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-3: walk, strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, fly out to left. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Oakland A's 6 - LA Angels 0
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the bases loaded, two out, and the Angels down 6-0.  Takahashi got Daric Barton to fly out to right to end the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 7-4 NP-S, 1 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 3 - LA Dodgers 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Zack Greinke in the bottom of the 7th and struck out looking.  Aoki did not remain in the game after the at bat. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Omaha 4 - Round Rock 0 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the 9th inning and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 28-17 NP-S, 5 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Scranton/WB 2 - Rochester 0 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout swinging, single to left, ground out to second. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]


Takashi Saito (ARI) is scheduled to pitch in two games at Single-A Visalia on April 19 and 21.  Assuming everything goes well, he could be join the MLB roster on April 23.


Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) visited Fenway Park on Wednesday to give the team an update on his progress.  He also played catch in the outfield for over thirty minutes -- he threw off-speed pitches during the shorter distances and expanded things out to a max eighty meters.

Matsuzaka is currently slated to toss a bullpen session in front of the brass on Friday.  After that, he will return to Florida for a minor league game on April 23.


The latest on Junichi Tazawa (BOS), from MLB.com:

The Red Sox made a couple moves involving pitchers Monday, announcing that Junichi Tazawa will be activated and Rich Hill will be placed on the 60-day disabled list. Tazawa, who had been on the 60-day disabled list while recovering from elbow surgery, will be optioned to Double-A Portland.

... Tazawa may provide a fitting template for Hill's recovery. The 25-year-old had reconstructive surgery on his elbow last April and missed the rest of the season. Tazawa started the 2011 season on the 60-day disabled list and began a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Salem on May 20.


Yu Darvish (TEX) threw thirty-nine pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.