Games from April 20:
Chicago White Sox 7 - Seattle Mariners 3
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging, RBI double to right, ground out to first, RBI single to left. [Sponichi, Daily Sports]
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) made his MLB debut and entered the game in the top of the 6th inning, with the Mariners down 6-3, and gave up a run on one hit, a solo homer to Adam Dunn in the top top of the 8th, over four innings of work. Final line: 4 IP, 45-32 NP-S, 13 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
New York Yankees 6 - Boston Red Sox 2
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 8th inning with one out and runners on first and third and the Red Sox down 6-2. He did not allow a run over 1.2 innings of work and topped out at 95mph (~153km/h). Final line: 1.2 IP, 13-9 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Colorado Rockies 4 - Milwaukee Brewers 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted second. He went 2-for-4: ground out to second, inside the park home run to left (1), double to center (run scored), ground out to third. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Rochester 5 - Lehigh Valley 2 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at short and batted second. He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, ground out to first, RBI triple to center, pop out to second. [Sponichi]
Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) is scheduled to start a Single-A Salem game on April 23 (about seventy-five pitches). It will be his first game since May 16, 2011. He will ultimately get to pitch in about five minor league games before he rejoins the MLB roster some time in May.
Matsuzaka threw forty-two pitches in the bullpen on Friday.
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday in preparation for his start against Texas on April 23.
According to Sponichi, Takashi Saito (ARI) re-injured his right calf during fielding practice on Friday (he was in the process of fielding a bunt down the first base line). His outing on Saturday has been canceled. He is scheduled to return to Phoenix for a evaluation.
"It is not in the same exact place as the last injury. But I feel it might be worse than the last injury," said Saito.
Sponichi mentions that Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) was working through neck stiffness since earlier this month. The team will wait to see how he is feeling before deciding when he pitches again.