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7/24/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Jul.24, 2012 @ 4:08 pm, under MLB

Games from July 23:

New York Yankees 4 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted eighth.  He went 1-for-4: single to center (stole second), pop out to second (infield fly), ground out to first, line out to second. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and allowed a run over seven innings of work.  He got the win and is 10-7.  Final line: 7 IP, 107-65 NP-S, 25 BF, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Philadelphia Phillies 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, strikeout looking, single to center (run scored), strikeout swinging, line out to left. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Gwinnett 10 - Scranton/WB 6 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, infield single, fly out to left, line out to third. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Omaha 4 - Round Rock 1 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and second and no out.  Tateyama allowed both inherited runners to score before getting out of the inning.  He also tossed a shutout 8th.  Final line: 2 IP, 25-16 NP-S, 7 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Durham 4 - Rochester 0 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: line out to right, bunt ground out to the catcher, line out to right, reaches on throwing E4. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

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Ichiro Suzuki has been traded to the New York Yankees for D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar.  From the Seattle Post Intelligencer's Nick Eaton:

The Seattle Mariners have traded longtime superstar and fan favorite Ichiro Suzuki to the New York Yankees in exchange for two minor-league prospects, the baseball team announced Monday.

In the deal, the M's have received right-handed pitchers D.J. Mitchell and Danny Farquhar, who will report to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers. The Mariners said "cash considerations" were also included in the trade, but did not elaborate.

"On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he's had here in Seattle," Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln said in a news release.  "Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future, and he felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop."

Ichiro's new number is thirty-one.  Regarding the number fifty-one: "Fifty-one is a very special number, but with the Yankees I sort of turned the number down...  I simply could not wear the number."  Source: Sponichi 7/24/2012

The Seattle fans gave Ichiro a nice standing ovation during his first at bat in the 3rd inning of Monday's game.  Source: Sponichi 7/24/2012

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) had his catch partner squat while he threw in the outfield on Monday.  Matsuzaka is currently slated to toss a bullpen session on Wednesday.  Source: Sponichi 7/24/2012

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An update on Koji Uehara (TEX), from the Star-Telegram's Jeff Wilson:

Right-hander Koji Uehara won't throw again until later in the week in Arlington after seeing no significant improvement with his strained right lat muscle.

Uehara pitched an inning July 14 for Round Rock and felt discomfort a day later. The Rangers had planned to bring him off the DL, but are on hold.

Uehara doesn't know when he'll be able to throw off a mound.