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6/30/2012: Yoshinori Tateyama, Hisashi Iwakuma, Yu Darvish

by on Jun.30, 2012 @ 6:13 pm, under MLB

Games from June 29:

Boston Red Sox 5 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: pop out to short, infield single, ground out to second, line out to left. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Toronto Blue Jays 7 - LA Angels 5
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the Angels down 6-5, and gave up a solo homer over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 28-16 NP-S, 5 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 - Milwaukee Brewers 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center (run scored), HBP, infield single, strikeout swinging, ground out to short. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Lehigh Valley 6 - Rochester 5 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, GIDP, strikeout swinging, walk (run scored), walk. [Nikkan Sports]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) canceled his bullpen session on Friday because of some tightness in his back (nothing major) and instead played a light game of catch.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/30/2012

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The Texas Rangers called Yoshinori Tateyama up from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday.  From MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

The Rangers recalled pitcher Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock to fill Lowe's slot. Tateyama pitched in 16 games at Round Rock and was 1-0 with a 0.43 ERA. In 21 innings, he struck out 20, walked four and held opponents to a .195 batting average. He is 3-0 in 46 appearances for the Rangers over the past two seasons.

There is also a brief update on Koji Uehara in the same article:

Uehara (strained lat muscle) and Ogando (strained groin) have been throwing on flat ground but have yet to progress to the mound. They are not expected to be back until after the All-Star break.

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Ryota Igarashi (NYY) was optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday.  From the YES Network's Lou DiPietro:

To make room for Phelps, the Yankees optioned RHP Ryota Igarashi back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Igarashi had been called up with Warren on Thursday when CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte were placed on the disabled list, but did not appear in that night’s game.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) will get Monday's start (July 2) against the Baltimore Orioles.  More from the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker:

Half a season after he first debuted with the Mariners, Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma is finally going to start a game for the Mariners. He'll be taking the spot of Kevin Millwood, who has been bounced back a bit after his latest groin injury.

Iwakuma has made strides since he showed up in spring training and alarmed coaches and team executives alike with a lack of velocity, poor command and a very slow recovery time after he pitched. But he's gradually worked himself into a major league baseball rhythm where he knows more about what's expected from him preparation wise and recovery-wise.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) does not think he is an All-Star.  From the Star Telegram's Jeff Wilson:

The good news for right-hander Yu Darvish is that the American League players and the AL's manager select the pitchers for the All-Star Game.

If it were up to Darvish, he wouldn't vote for himself.

... Darvish had said Tuesday after beating Detroit that he had too many walks to be an All-Star. He didn't give any insight as to why he feels undeserving of the honor, but suggested that the hype from his move from Japan could be why he has been touted.