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7/27/2012: Hisashi Iwakuma, Takashi Saito, Norichika Aoki

by on Jul.27, 2012 @ 3:11 pm, under MLB

Games from July 26:

New York Mets 3 - Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Arizona down 3-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 19-8 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Washington Nationals 8 - Milwaukee Brewers 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to center, ground out to short, pop out to short, ground out to second (force), walk.  [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Scranton/WB 8 - Charlotte 7 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, RBI double to center, ground out to short, strikeout swinging, ground out to short (force). [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Round Rock 3 - Albuquerque 2 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with a runner on first and two out and got out of the inning without allowing the runner to score.  He also struck out the side in the top of the 9th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 16-12 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Syracuse 17 - Rochester 9 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at short and batted seventh.  He went 1-for-4: three-run double to right, line out to third, fly out to left, ground out to second. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) will be returning to Japan for a few days for personal reasons.  From the Seattle Times' Geoff Baker:

Well, this was certainly a bit of a surprise. Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma, who took a no-decision yesterday in a five-inning performance, has left the team temporarily and flown home to Japan for "personal reasons" that have not been disclosed.

... Mariners manager Eric Wedge said this afternoon that Iwakuma should make his next start, this coming Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, Iwakuma is expected back in Seattle on Saturday. Talk about a quick turnaround.

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Arizona Diamondbacks' President/CEO Derrick Hall, GM Kevin Towers, and Special Assistant to the President/CEO Luis Gonzalez will be in Japan between August 1 and 7.  They will catch baseball games at Jingu Stadium on August 2, Yokohama Stadium on August 5, and QVC Marines on August 7.  Gonzalez is also slated to hold a baseball clinic in Ishinomaki, Miyagi.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/27/2012