Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

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.