Games from July 4:
Baltimore Orioles 4 - Seattle Mariners 2 [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, ground out to short, fly out to left, strikeout swinging.
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth. He went 0-for-3: fly out to right, ground out to first, reaches on fielding E5.
Cleveland Indians 12 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 2nd, with runners on first and second, two out, and the Angels down 6-1. Takahashi retired the first batter on a force before giving up a three-run homer to Casey Kotchman. He then went on to retire the next four batters he faced in a row. Final line: 1.2 IP, 22-13 NP-S, 6 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Miami Marlins 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 2-for-5: line out to left, RBI single to right, ground out to third, infield single (run scored), pop out to short. Aoki has hit safely in eleven straight games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Scranton/WB 8 - Lehigh Valley 5 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and retired the side in order for his third save of the year. Final line: 1 IP, 14-10 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Pawtucket 7 - Rochester 4 (AAA) [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, RBI double to right, line out to first, fly out to left, ground out to short.
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 30-22 NP-S, 7 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.
The latest on Hideki Matsui (TBR), from the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:
DH/OF Hideki Matsui tested his tight left hamstring with light running — about 50 percent speed — Wednesday afternoon and reported no problems.
Matsui, pulled from Monday's game, was available to pinch-hit Wednesday. And Maddon said he will remain in the role until he can run at full speed. Matsui said it will be a couple days, "maybe sometime after the All-Star break," before he can play in the field.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) played some light catch at a distance of twenty to thirty meters for about ten minutes on Wednesday. Source: Nikkan Sports 7/5/2012
Some news and notes on Yu Darvish and Koji Uehara, from MLB.com:
Left-hander Koji Uehara threw 30 pitches at about 70 percent in his first bullpen session since going on the disabled list with a right lat strain on June 15 (retroactive to June 10). Uehara experienced no problems and said he felt fine, according to Rangers media relations.
... Yu Darvish will not make another start before the All-Star break, Rangers manager Ron Washington announced Wednesday, as the club looks to give the rookie right-hander extra rest.
Washington said Darvish is not hurt, but the Rangers decided this weekend was the best time to give him a start off with the upcoming All-Star break.
Washington also said Darvish, who as of Wednesday morning led the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Firestone, will be available to pitch in the All-Star Game if voted in.
... Darvish, who is 10-5 with a 3.59 ERA in 16 starts this season, issued the following statement:
"Physically I am fine, but the front office and the coaching staff have decided that since this is my first year to give me some extra rest. I will accept that and take advantage of that time. If I am selected to the All-Star team I should be able to participate in the game."