Games from June 4:
Seattle Mariners 8 - LA Angels 6 [Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-5: fly out to center, fly out to left, ground out to second (force), strikeout swinging, fly out to left. [Sponichi]
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth. Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the bottom of the 9th. He went 2-for-3: ground out to the pitcher, bunt single, three-run double to left, walk. [Sponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the top of the 5th with a runner on second, two out, and the Angels down 7-2. He struck out Ichiro to end the 5th and retired the side in order in the 6th before giving up a run in the 7th. Final line: 2.1 IP, 40-24 NP-S, 10 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi]
Oakland A's 12 - Texas Rangers 1
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the bottom of the 6th, with the Rangers down 10-0, and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 34-25 NP-S, 7 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi]
Rochester 2 - Columbus 1 (AAA) Continuation of Suspended Game from previous day
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 0-for-3: walk (stole second), fly out to center, ground out to third, fly out to right. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Rochester 4 - Columbus 0 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 0-for-3: ground out to third, fly out to center, pop out to third in foul territory. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Takashi Saito (ARI) is scheduled to pitch in two Triple-A games on June 5 and June 8. Source: Sponichi 6/5/2012
Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) was supposed to get at least two more starts at Triple-A -- ninety pitches on Tuesday and then about one hundred pitches during his next start -- but may be called up after just one. Source: Sponichi 6/5/2012
But with Bard's lack of control -- and Matsuzaka on the mend -- it may be time for the Red Sox to abandon the experiment. Through 11 starts this season, Bard has totaled 37 walks and 34 strikeouts, a discouraging ratio for the 26-year-old.
... As a result, Matsuzaka is the most immediate threat to Bard's rotation spot. In his last start for the PawSox, the Japanese hurler struck out four and surrendered just one run and two hits over 5 1/3 innings. Matsuzaka didn't walk anyone, either.