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7/6/2012: Yu Darvish, Norichika Aoki, Hisashi Iwakuma

by on Jul.06, 2012 @ 3:00 pm, under MLB

Games from July 5:

Cleveland Indians 3 - Tampa Bay Rays 1
Hideki Matsui (TBR) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Sean Rodriguez and flied out to left. [Daily Sports, Sponichi, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Miami Marlins 4 - Milwaukee Brewers 0
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-3: single to right, single to center, fly out to left, HBP.  Aoki extended his hitting streak to twelve games. [Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Rochester 6 - Pawtucket 4 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started the game at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: strikeout swinging, ground out to short (force), single to right (run scored), fly out to right, ground out to short. [Nikkan Sports]

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The Seattle Times' Geoff Baker tweets that Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) will likely join the starting rotation during the second half.

Unless something changes by next week, Hisashi Iwakuma will take Noesi's rotation spot in 2nd half.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) will be heading to the All-Star game.  From MLB.com's Mark Newman:

Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and Cardinals third baseman David Freese are each headed to their first All-Star Game, thanks to a 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote ... Darvish received 7.3 million votes and Freese garnered 8.4 million.

Darvish joins Hideki Matsui (2004) and Hideki Okajima (2007) as Japanese winners on the AL side of the Final Vote. The right-hander was a wire-to-wire winner, holding off a gallant bid by White Sox veteran Jake Peavy.

... "I feel very good," Darvish said after the Rangers' 2-1 loss to the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. "I know the way that I got selected was a vote by the fans so I appreciate all the fans who voted for me. I'm looking forward to it.

"If I am available to pitch and if I do get in the game, I'd like to display the best performance I can for the fans to enjoy. Do I still think I'm worthy or not? Personally I voted for Peavy."