Games from April 27:
Seattle Mariners 9 - Toronto Blue Jays 5
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 0-for-5: ground out to first, fly out to left, ground out to short, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to third. Ichiro also threw out J. P. Arencibia trying to score from third to end the 7th inning. [Daily Sports, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for Kyle Seager in the top of the 9th and came around to score on John Jaso's single (deflected to center off short). Kawasaki remained in the game and took after at short in the bottom of the 9th. He singled to center in the top of the 10th and was thrown out trying to steal second. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Tampa Bay Rays 8 - Texas Rangers 4
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 7th, with the Rangers down 8-4, and retired the side in order. Final line: 1 IP, 9-7 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Cleveland Indians 3 - LA Angels 2
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with the Angels up 2-0, and allowed one run to score before leaving the game with a runner on second and one out. The runner Takahashi left on base also came around to score. Final line: 0.1 IP, 11-9 NP-S, 3 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
St. Louis Cardinals 13 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the bottom of the 6th. He went 0-for-1: fly out to center. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Las Vegas 5 - Tacoma 0 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 14-10 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Nikkan Sports notes that while Matt Moore is willing to talk about giving up his number 55 to Hideki Matsui, he also feels a connection to it so may not want to give it up.
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Friday in preparation for his next start on April 30 against the Baltimore Orioles.
ESPN's Richard Durrett posted an interview he conducted with Yu Darvish's (TEX) father. A snip:
Farsad Darvish, Yu Darvish's father, said Tuesday's win against the New York Yankees reminded him of how his son pitched in Japan.
"He's been getting closer to what he has been doing in Japan with the movement of his balls and changing speeds and location," said Farsad, who watched the game on television. "This isn't a one-game thing. I think he's been improving."
Nikkan Sports has posted some comments from Mariano Rivera on Darvish:
I was watching him from the TV in clubhouse. Darvish throws well and keeps his pitches down. I think he will do really well. The stadiums, the baseball, and the language is different, but Yu is amazing. I do not think anyone can take that away from him.
All of Darvish's pitches were good. Including his cutter (laughter). He is still young at twenty-five, but he throws like he is forty because he understands what he needs to do during games, and that is what is amazing. All he needs to do is continue striving for the best.