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4/23/2012: Takashi Saito, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Yu Darvish

by on Apr.23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm, under MLB

Games from April 22:

Chicago White Sox 7 - Seattle Mariners 4 [Daily Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-5: single to right, single to center (run scored), ground out to first (force), pop out to third in foul territory, strikeout looking. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in center and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-2: ground out to first, walk (thrown out at home by Ichiro to end the top of the 4th), sac fly to center, RBI single to right. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 3 - LA Angels 2
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and gave up a run on five hits over 6.1 innings of work.  Final line: 6.1 IP, 96-58 NP-S, 26 BF, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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The NY Yankees rain out on Sunday pushed Hiroki Kuroda's next start back to April 24.  That will pit Kuroda against Texas Ranger Yu Darvish.  The last MLB game to feature two Japanese starters: Hiroki Kuroda vs Hisanori Takahashi on July 22, 2010.

(Thanks to the handful of people that dropped me e-mails about this.)

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Takashi Saito (ARI) had his right calf examined by the team doctor on Sunday at Chase Field.  Saito will be re-examined if his calf does not improve with treatment over the next three days.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) worked out with the Single-A Salem team on Sunday in preparation for his start against Wilmington on Monday.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) did not play on Sunday because of a sprain in his right ankle.  He is scheduled to get his ankle examined on Monday.

Nishioka suffered the injury while sliding into third base when he hit a triple during a game on Friday.

"It feels better than it did yesterday. ... I will be fine.  I will get back to playing in no time," said Nishioka.

Nishioka was not available to play on Saturday, but was suited up for the game on Sunday.

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Sponichi mentions that TV ratings for Yu Darvish's (TEX) start on April 19 averaged 8.3%.  The Dallas News' Barry Horn has a bit more:

Through 10 games this season on Fox Sports Southwest and one on KTXA (Channel 21), the Rangers are averaging a 7.4 (190,280 homes). Throw in one game on ESPN (8.5) and another on Fox's regional coverage last Saturday (8.2) and the average jumps to 7.5 or 192,850 homes.

That's a 450 percent increase over the number of homes watching in 2007. Your 401K should have done that nicely.

On Sunday, Darvish threw thirty-seven pitches in the bullpen at Comerica Park.