Games from June 28:
Seattle Mariners 1 - Boston Red Sox 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to second, ground out to third, bunt pop out to second. His hitting streak ended at eight games. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Cleveland Indians 7 - Baltimore Orioles 2
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed six runs (all earned) over 6.1 innings of work. Final line: 6.1 IP, 98-57 NP-S, 28 BF, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 2 HR, HBP. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Round Rock 4 - Nashville 2 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 15-11 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Charlotte 1 - Pawtucket 0 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 21-17 NP-S, 6 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Lehigh Valley 10 - Rochester 1 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second. He went 2-for-3: single to center, single to left, walk, ground out to short. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Columbus 6 - Norfolk 3 (AAA)
Toru Murata (COL) started the game and allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits over 3.2 innings of work. Final line: 3.2 IP, 60-40 NP-S, 15 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
The latest on Kosuke Fukudome, from Reuters:
OF Kosuke Fukudome has now officially left the White Sox, as the team requested waivers on the veteran for the purpose of granting his unconditional release. Both manager Robin Ventura and GM Ken Williams said they wanted to make it so Fukudome could have the opportunity to catch on with someone else. He had signed as a free agent with the Sox, and he was barely playing in a reserve role before getting hurt. With Jordan Danks a better defensive player, the Sox no longer needed Fukudome to fill that role.
And a quote from Fukudome, via Sponichi:
I knew that I would be released when they DFA'ed me, so it made things a little easier for me. ... It allowed me to prepare myself for the next step. ... I have not yet thought about teams I would play for.
Takashi Saito (ARI) started throwing on Thursday (twenty-two pitches). He is slated to toss batting practice on Saturday and could pitch in a rehab game as early as July 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 6/29/2012
Ryota Igarashi was called up by the New York Yankees on June 28. A snip from an MLB.com article:
The Yankees recalled right-handed reliever Ryota Igarashi from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to take Andy Pettitte's spot on the roster. Igarashi spent three days in New York earlier this month, but did not pitch. He allowed three earned runs with 15 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings at Triple-A.
According to Sanspo, trainer Masaaki Hara (原田雅章 sp?) gave Norichika Aoki (MIL) four to five hour massages during the Milwaukee Brewers thirteen game stretch in May. The massages may have helped stave off a serious injury as Aoki was also complaining of some tightness in his left hamstring at the time.
Don Nomura was a guest lecturer for the Japan Society of Sports Industry and Waseda University's Research fo Sports Industry on Thursday. As part of his lecture, he revealed a little about the negotiations that took place this past winter between the Texas Rangers and his client, Yu Darvish. He also mentioned that Darvish's contract with the Nippon Ham Fighters had a clause that gave him permission to leave for the Majors whenever he wanted (that is, the Fighters would allow him to go). Source: Sanspo 6/29/2012