Games from August 6:
Detroit Tigers 7 - New York Yankees 2
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) was the starting DH and batted eighth. He went 0-for-4: line out to center, strikeout (foul tip), strikeout looking, strikeout swinging. Ichiro's hitting streak ended at twelve games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Boston Red Sox 9 - Texas Rangers 2 [Daily Sports]
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and gave up six runs (all earned) over 6.2 innings of work. He took the loss and is now 11-8. Final line: 6.2 IP, 123-75 NP-S, 34 BF, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Boston up 6-1, and gave up one run (solo homer) over two innings of work. Final line: 2 IP, 23-17 NP-S, 8 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Minnesota Twins 14 - Cleveland Indians 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started at second and batted seventh. He went 0-for-5: ground out to first, ground out to second, fly out to left, strikeout swinging, line out to left. Nishioka also committed two fielding errors: one in the bottom of the 1st and another in the bottom of the 8th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Milwaukee Brewers 6 - Cincinnati Reds 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 2-for-4: ground out to third, single to center, single to right, ground out to first. Aoki extended his hitting streak to nine games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Baltimore Orioles 8 - Seattle Mariners 1
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth. He went 2-for-3: fly out to left, bunt single, RBI single to center (thrown out at second). [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
A dozen junior high school kids from Kyoto and Chiba caught Monday's Rangers - Red Sox game at Fenway Park. From a press release posted on the same day:
The Red Sox Foundation and global electronics giant Funai today announced the fifth year of the Red Sox U.S./Japan Youth Baseball Exchange presented by Funai Electric. The program allows children from Japan and the United States to visit one another's homelands and explore their customs and culture through their shared love of baseball.
On July 28, a dozen Japanese youngsters from Kyoto, sister city of Boston, and Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, travelled with two coaches to Boston for an 11-day stay with six host families in the Greater Boston area. During their stay in Boston, the Japanese teens participate in baseball clinics hosted by Harvard and Northeastern University baseball coaches, and play games with several of the Red Sox Foundation's RBI Youth Baseball teams of the same age. Tonight, Funai executives and the dozen Japanese boys and their Boston hosts will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park prior to the Red Sox vs. Rangers game.
The kids also had a chance to meet Daisuke Matsuzaka and Junichi Tazawa. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/7/2012