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5/3/2012: Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki

by on May.03, 2012 @ 3:19 pm, under MLB

Games from May 2:

Tampa Bay Rays 5 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-3: walk (run scored), strikeout swinging, single to center, bunt single. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Cleveland Indians 6 - Chicago White Sox 3
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brent Morel in the bottom of the 9th inning and flied out to left to end the game. [Nikkan Sports]

Toronto Blue Jays 11 - Texas Rangers 5
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 10-8 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Las Vegas 12 - Reno 4 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game with no out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning. Igarashi gave up a two-run double to the first batter he faced before retiring the next three in order.  He faced and retired two more batters in the bottom of the 8th before getting replaced by Chad Beck.  Final line: 1.2 IP, 35-24 NP-S, 6 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi]

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Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) suited up in catcher's gear during pre-game practice on Wednesday.  The Seattle Times' Larry Stone has more:

With Miguel Olivo's injury, the Mariners' catching corps is down to Jesus Montero and John Jaso. And considering that Montero is still going to see a lot of time at designated hitter, and is also a candidate to be removed for a pinch-runner late in games, manager Eric Wedge feels compelled to identify an emergency third catcher.

Brendan Ryan lobbied for the job, but the manager settled on reserve infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

"He's the first guy that came to mind," Wedge said. "I guess that covers about everything. He has good hands, he's a good athlete. He's more than willing and able to do anything."

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL), from MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli:

Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who had an MRI exam and a CT scan on his left elbow during a visit to Dr. Lewis Yocum, has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery. The procedure will be performed May 11 in Los Angeles by Yocum.

"I am very disappointed," Wada said. "I will work hard for the rehab and try to recover to be as strong as I can to help the team win. I appreciate the support from the Orioles through this process."

Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) offered the following comments on Wada, via Sponichi: "This is sad.  I think rehab will be difficult.  I want him to get better and return to the team as soon as possible. ... The training in the US is different from Japan so if you get hurt, it can not be helped. ... Getting hurt overseas and going under the knife can can make things a lot more difficult than if you have surgery in your own home country."

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Yu Darvish (TEX) was named Rookie of the Month for April.  A snip from MLB.com:

...right-hander Yu Darvish was named Rookie of the Month in voting by writers and broadcasters.

... Darvish became just the sixth rookie starter since 1957 to win at least four games without a loss in April. He was 4-0 in five starts in his first Major League action, tying for the league lead in wins. He was also among the league leaders in ERA (sixth, 2.18) and strikeouts (tied for fifth, 33). Darvish is just the third Rangers player to win AL Rookie of the Month since it was first awarded in 2003. Gerald Laird won in 2004 and Neftali Feliz took home honors in 2010. Hamilton has won a club-record four Player of the Month awards: in April and May of 2008 and June 2010. Rafael Palmeiro and Alex Rodriguez both won three.

Darvish's next start will be against the Cleveland Indians on May 6.

Habikino City, Osaka mayor Tsuguo Kitagawa told reporters that the mayor of Arlington, Texas mayor Robert Cluck sent him an invitation to visit the city some time during the season.

Habikino City is where Darvish grew up.