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7/2/2012: Yu Darvish, Norichika Aoki, Hideki Matsui

by on Jul.02, 2012 @ 3:39 pm, under MLB

Games from July 1:

Boston Red Sox 2 - Seattle Mariners 1 [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to right, sac fly to left, fly out to right, ground out to the catcher, fly out to left.

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for Justin Smoak in the bottom of the 9th and took over at second in the top of the 10th.

Detroit Tigers 5 - Tampa Bay Rays 3
Hideki Matsui (TBR) started in left and batted seventh.  He went 2-for-3: ground out to second, RBI single to right (run scored), single to right. [Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Milwaukee Brewers 2 - Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: bunt ground out to the pitcher, ground-rule double to right (run scored), infield single, strikeout swinging.  Aoki has an eight-game hitting streak. [Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Oakland A's 3 - Texas Rangers 1
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and allowed three runs (all earned) on five hits over seven innings of work.  He took the loss and is 10-5.  Final line: 7 IP, 105-69 NP-S, 29 BF, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 11 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]

Lehigh Valley 8 - Pawtucket 5 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th, with a runner on second and two out.  Tazawa loaded the bases on a walk and an infield single before ending the inning on a strikeout.  He then gave up an unearned run in the 6th and retired the side in order in the 7th.  Final line: 2.1 IP, 44-23 NP-S, 10 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi]

Rochester 5 - Scranton/WB 3 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: reaches on fielding E4 (run scored), RBI single to center (caught trying to steal third), line out to left, GIDP. [Sponichi]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) played catch for about thirty minutes on Sunday (max distance of about seventy meters).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012

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Takashi Saito (ARI) will apparently focus his efforts on treating his right shoulder (deltoid) inflammation.  Saito told reporters that the team will probably talk throwing schedule once the pain subsides.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/2/2012

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MLB All-Star rosters are out.  Yu Darvish (TEX) is a Final Vote Candidate.