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7/14/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Koji Uehara, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jul.14, 2012 @ 4:06 pm, under MLB

Games from July 13:

Texas Rangers 3 - Seattle Mariners 2 [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to the pitcher, infield hit (stole second).  Ichiro's hit in the 8th inning was the 3,800th of his NPB (1,278) + MLB (2,522) career.

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for Carlos Peguero in the bottom of the 9th.

New York Yankees 6 - LA Angels 5
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and allowed five runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 7.1 IP, 101-63 NP-S, 30 BF, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO, 2 HR, 1 HBP. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 10 - Pittsburgh Pirates 7
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: pop out to short, walk, walk, strikeout swinging, ground out to short.  Aoki's hitting streak came to an end at fifteen games. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Buffalo 8 - Pawtucket 2 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the top of the 7th inning and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 24-14 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Rochester 7 - Toledo 3 (AAA) 
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-2: ground out to second, strikeout looking.  Nishioka was ejected by the umpire in the bottom of the 4th and replaced on defense in the top of the 5th. [Nikkan Sports]

AZL Athletics 12 - AZL D-backs 11 (Rookie)
Takashi Saito (ADB) started the game and tossed a perfect shutout inning.  Final line: 1 IP, 12 NP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) took some fielding practice at short during workouts on Thursday -- he wanted to work up a sweat and work on his agility.  Source: Sponichi 7/14/2012

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Kosuke Fukudome signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.  From The Star-Ledger's Marc Carig:

From the Yankees: OF Kosuke Fukudome signed to a minor league contract. He is anticipated to report to Triple-A SWB over the weekend.

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Koji Uehara (TEX) threw twenty-eight pitches during batting practice on Thursday.  Source: Sponichi 7/14/2012

In an update on his blog, he wrote that he could not help but worry about re-injuring his right lat muscle.  He also wrote that his rehab assignment on Saturday will be less about results and more about whether or not he can pitch freely.

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Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) has been nominated for the Heart and Hustle Award.  From MLB.com's Greg Johns:

Utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki has been selected as the Mariners' nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 2012 Heart and Hustle Award. Each MLB team gets one nominee for the award, which will be announced Nov. 13.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) threw thirty-three pitches in the bullpen on Thursday in preparation for his start on Sunday.  Source: Daily Sports 7/14/2012