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7/18/2012: Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jul.18, 2012 @ 4:41 pm, under MLB

Games from July 17:

Seattle Mariners 9 - Kansas City Royals 6
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-5: pop out to first, single to right (run scored), ground out to third, pop out to short, strikeout swinging. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Chicago White Sox 7 - Boston Red Sox 5
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 5th, with Boston down 6-2, and allowed a run over four innings of work.  Final line: 4 IP, 50-39 NP-S, 15 BF, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Milwaukee Brewers 3 - St. Louis Cardinals 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: single to center (run scored), walk, fly out to center, reaches on fielding E6.  Aoki moved over to right with two out in the top of the 7th.  He has safely reached base at least once in each of his last twenty games. [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Charlotte 5 - Scranton/WB 4 (AAA) [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, solo homer to center, strikeout looking, ground out to short.

Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the top of the 8th with runners on first and second and two out and allowed both runs to score on a double to right.  He struck out Dallas McPherson to end the inning.  Igarashi remained in the game and struck out the first two batters he faced in the top of the 9th before giving up back-to-back singles to end his night.  FInal line: 1 IP, 28-19 NP-S, 6 BF, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

Rochester 6 - Norfolk 2 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to short, single to left (run scored), ground out to third, ground out to short. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

AZL Brewers 14 - AZL D-backs (Rookie)
Takashi Saito (ADB) started the game and did not allow a run over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) did not play catcher on Tuesday, but instead shagged baseballs and threw them in underhanded.  Assistant pitching coach Randy Niemann told reporters that Matsuzaka got treatment for his neck and would get two or three days of rest.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/18/2012

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An update on Koji Uehara (TEX), from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

The Rangers' plan to activate reliever Koji Uehara off the disabled list on Tuesday was scuttled when Uehara reported some stiffess in the lat muscle in his right rib cage after pitching a scoreless inning for Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday night.

Uehara felt good after the game, but the stiffness set in on Sunday.

... The Rangers do not believe Uehara reinjured the muscle. They just feel he needs more time and he's not expected to throw for a couple of days.

... Uehara is expected to pitch at least once more time on rehab assignment before he's activated. He has been sidelined since June 10 after posting a 2.10 ERA in his first 20 outings."

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Yu Darvish (TEX) threw twenty-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He also had someone stand in the batter's box during the session.  Source: Daily Sports 7/18/2012