Games from August 1:
New York Yankees 12 - Baltimore Orioles 3
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in left and batted eighth. He went 1-for-5: fly out to right, fly out to center, infield single, ground out to second, fly out to center. He also made a nice leaping catch out in left. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Detroit Tigers 7 - Boston Red Sox 5
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 8th with no one on, two out, and the Red Sox down 7-5. Tazawa retired the first batter he faced to end the inning and also tossed a shutout 9th. Final line: 1.1 IP, 20-15 NP-S, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Texas Rangers 11 - LA Angels 10
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and gave up seven runs over five innings of work. He was not involved in the final decision. Final line: 5 IP, 108-59 NP-S, 26 BF, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 7 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Daily Sports]
Round Rock 7 - Tucson 6 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 9th and struck out the side for his fourth save of the year. Final line: 1 IP, 11-10 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Hideki Matsui was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on August 1. From MLB.com:
Rays manager Joe Maddon informed reporters that he had just received the news that Hideki Matsui, who was designated for assignment on July 25, has been granted his release from the Rays.
Rather than report to Triple-A Durham, Matsui requested his release, and the Rays went with the veteran slugger's wishes.