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7/22/2012: Takashi Saito, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jul.22, 2012 @ 3:31 pm, under MLB

Games from July 21:

Seattle Mariners 2 - Tampa Bay Rays 1 [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted second. He went 1-for-4: strikeout swinging, reaches on fielder's choice, strikeout swinging, intentional walk, infield single.  Ichiro also committed his first error of the year (bottom of the 7th inning, throwing error). [Sponichi]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-3: sac bunt, strikeout swinging, ground out to second (force), single deflected to left. [Sponichi]

Hideki Matsui (TBR) was the starting DH and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to second (force), GIDP, strikeout swinging. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsSponichi]

Texas Rangers 9 - LA Angels 2
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and allowed two runs over seven innings of work.  He got the win and improved to 11-6.  Final line: 7 IP, 117-75 NP-S, 28 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO, 0 HR, 1 HBP. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, SponichiSponichi]

Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the Angels down 7-2, and allowed two runs (two-run homer to the second batter he faced) over two innings of relief.  Final line: 2 IP, 29-18 NP-S, 9 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Arizona Diamondbacks 12 - Houston Astros 3
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Arizona up 10-1, and gave up a run (unearned) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 23-14 NP-S, 5 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Toronto Blue Jays 7 - Boston Red Sox 3
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Red Sox down 6-3, and allowed a run over an inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 19-11 NP-S, 5 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.  [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsSponichi]

Cincinnati Reds 6 - Milwaukee Brewers 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to right, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to first, fly out to left.  Aoki moved over to right in the bottom of the 8th. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Scranton/WB 13 - Gwinnett 8 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-5: strikeout looking, strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, line out to first, ground out to second. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Omaha 4 - Round Rock 2 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with a runner on second and out one.  The inherited runner was erased on a caught stealing and the final out of the inning on a ground out to short (force).  He also tossed a shutout 9th.  Final line: 1.2 IP, 14-12 NP-S, 6 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) did some long distance throwing at about forty-five meters on Saturday.  Bobby Valentine, told reporters Matsuzaka was still not ready to face batters.  Source: Sponichi 7/22/2012

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The latest on Takashi Saito (ARI), from MLB.com's Tyler Emerick:

On Saturday, just 10 days away from the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the D-backs added a veteran reliever without even making a swap. The club reinstated former All-Star right-hander Takashi Saito from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo to Triple-A Reno.

... Gibson plans to use Saito in the sixth or seventh inning, but he won't hesitate to throw him later in games because of his experience.

The D-backs will, however, try to limit his workload in order to ease him into a groove.

... When Saito does appear in a game, he will be the first player of Japanese descent to pitch for the D-backs.