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4/25/2012: Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Apr.25, 2012 @ 2:22 pm, under MLB

Games from April 24:

Seattle Mariners 7 - Detroit Tigers 4 [Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 3-for-5: pop out to second, infield single (run scored), single to right, line out to center, single to center (stole third, run scored). [Sponichi]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-4: strikeout looking, fly out to center, bunt single, ground out to first.  Kawasaki also made a nice play at short in the third.  [Sponichi]

Texas Rangers 2 - New York Yankees 0 [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game for Texas and did not allow a run over 8.1 innings of work.  Final line: 8.1 IP, 119-82 NP-S, 33 BF, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game for the Yankees and gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits over 6.2 innings of work.  Final line: 6.2 IP, 107-64 NP-S, 26 BF, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Oakland A's 2 - Chicago White Sox 0
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brent Lillibridge in the top of the 9th and hit a single to center. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Tampa Bay Rays 5 - LA Angles 0
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th with no one on, two out, and the Angels down 5-0.  Takahashi struck out Ben Zobrist to end the inning and retired the side in order in the bottom of the 8th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 18-12 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 9 - Houston Astros 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Randy Wolf in the bottom of the 6th and flied out to right.  He did not remain in the game for the top of the 7th. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Round Rock 7 - New Orleans 1 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 19-11 NP-S, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Colorado Springs 11 - Las Vegas 6 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) gave up a run on one hit over 1.1 innings of work.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 21-14 NP-S, 6 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

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The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin posted the following update on Hideki Matsui:

An expected minor-league deal with former All-Star OF/DH Hideki Matsui could be finalized today, with the Rays declining comment until then. Matsui, 37, will head eventually to Triple-A Durham, where the Rays will see if/how well he hits, then if they have a need.

Matsui may have to part with the number fifty-five since the number belongs to Matt Moore.  Sponichi notes a handful of numbers that are open, like 10, 13, 22, 24, 29, 44, and 66.

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Sponichi is carrying the following comments from Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS), taken after his rehab start on Monday:

You threw fewer than the seventy pitches you were slated to throw.

I did throw [twenty-six] pitches in the 1st inning.  It would have been [seventy pitches] if I was getting through innings with fifteen or fewer pitches.  Twenty to twenty-five pitches meant cutting back on inning.

What did you think of the outing?

Knowing how they hit what I throw.  That is important.  And it is about what kind of adjustments I make for the next game.

Did you feel more comfortable the more innings you threw?

I started running out of steam at around the 4th inning the last time.  That I did not have that this time around, I think that means I am making progress.

Did Valentine say anything to you?

He said they did not want me to feel rushed.  Rushing is not good for me or for the team and it does no one any good if I am not 100% ready.  I want to use the time I have in the minors as best I can.

Matsuzaka is scheduled to make his second rehab start at Double-A Portland on April 28.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) was placed on the seven-day disabled list.  From MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger:

Nishioka injured his ankle sliding into third base on a triple on Friday. He was hitting .203 with eight walks in 16 games before the injury.

"Nishi has a high ankle sprain, but I'm not sure how many days [he'll be out]," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So right now, [Brian] Dozier is the main guy in the infield. We'll let him get more at-bats."

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL), from the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly:

Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who has not yet thrown a pitch for the Orioles, had an MRA on his ailing left elbow Tuesday and it showed ligament damage, according to manager Buck Showalter.

"Wada has an elbow issue, problems with the ligament, the MRA showed. We will contemplate, along with him, what the next direction (is) to take," Showalter said. "But it showed some damage in there with the ligament that didn’t show up in the physical he took when he signed."

Showalter would not go into specifics, but it can be assumed that Wada has at least a partial tear in the ligament. If that is the case, he could require rest and rehab or surgery – but either way he is likely to be shelved for an elongated period.