Games from July 18:
Kansas City Royals 8 - Seattle Mariners 7
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted second. He went 3-for-5: strikeout swinging, single to left (run scored), pop out to third in foul territory, single to left (run scored), single to right. Ichiro's single in his fourth at bat gave him one hundred or more hits over twelve consecutive seasons. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
New York Yankees 6 - Toronto Blue Jays 0
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and tossed seven shutout innings for a rain-shortened complete game victory. He is now 9-7. Final line: 7 IP, 108-78 NP-S, 27 BF, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 1 HBP. Kuroda also became the third Japanese pitcher to win fifty MLB games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports (interview), Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Detroit Tigers 7 - LA Angels 2
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with the Angels down 7-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 10-6 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]
Milwaukee Brewers 4 - St. Louis Cardinals 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 0-for-4: reaching on fielding E6 (run scored), strikeout looking, ground out to pitcher, fly out to center. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Charlotte 9 - Scranton/WB 3 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth. He went 0-for-2: walk, fly out to left, walk, strikeout swinging.
Round Rock 8 - Nashville 5 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 9th and retired the side in order for his second save of the year. Final line: 1 IP, 17-12 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Rochester 4 - Norfolk 1 (AAA) - fifteen inning game
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at short and batted seventh. He went 1-for-6: ground out to second, ground out to first, fly out to center, ground out to second, single to right, fly out to right. [Nikkan Sports]
Jay Buhner on Ichiro Suzki (SEA), via the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker:
When the radio hosts were talking about an Ichiro extension, Salk asked Buhner what his reaction would be if Ichiro was brought back for three years, $35 million or $40 million -- which works out to just over half (well, OK, more like 60 percent on the low end and 73 percent on high end) of the salary he's now earning.
"I'd vomit,'' Buhner said. "I mean, really, no offense. No offense, we've got to get this organization turned around. You can't be spending all the money on one guy.''
Yu Darvish (TEX) threw about forty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday (it was his second session in as many days). Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2012
Sanspo notes that it was thirty-eight pitches.
MLB Japan announced today that they will be holding events (baseball clinics, talk session) on the following dates in the Tohoku region in August:
August 8 - Ishinomaki General Sports Park in Miyagi - former D'back Luis Gonzalez and Masumi Kuwata
August 11 - Michinoeki Yotsukurako in Iwaki, Fukushima - Satoru Komiyama
August 18 - Okirai Junior High in Ofunato, Iwate - Masanori Murakami
Source: Nikkan Sports 7/19/2012