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8/15/2012: Takashi Saito, Koji Uehara, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.15, 2012 @ 4:17 pm, under MLB

Games from August 14:

New York Yankees 3 - Texas Rangers 0 [Daily Sports, Daily Sports]
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and tossed a two-hit shutout for his eleventh victory of the year (11-8).  Final line: 9 IP, 109-74 NP-S, 29 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]

Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) entered the game as a defensive replacement in left in the top of the 8th. [Nikkan Sports]

Colorado Rockies 8 - Milwaukee Brewers 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-5: single to right (caught stealing second), RBI bunt single, ground out to first, pop out to first in foul territory, RBI single to right. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Baltimore Orioles 7 - Boston Red Sox 1
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed one run (earned) over six innings of work.  Chen got the win and is 11-7 on the year.  Final line: 6 IP, 98-74 NP-S, 28 BF, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Pawtucket 9 - Scranton/WB 7 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in right and batted seventh.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to first, single to left (run scored), fly out to left, walk (run scored), single to right.  Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-runner after his single to right in the bottom of the 9th. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) batted ninth in the starting line-up on Monday for the first time since September 12, 1993.  Ichiro batted ninth in the starting line-up sixteen times during his NPB career.

He also collected his eightieth MLB triple on Monday.  Including the twenty-three he hit during his NPB career, he now has 103, which is good for third on the All-time list for Japanese players (behind Yutaka Fukumoto's 115 and Masayasu Kaneda's 103.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/15/2012

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Takashi Saito (ARI) was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.  From MLB.com's Steve Gilbert:

D-backs reliever Takashi Saito was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring and left-hander Mike Zagurski had his contract selected from Triple-A Reno.

Signed as a free agent during the offseason, Saito has spent more time on the DL than on the active roster. He missed the first 93 games of the season with a calf injury and an upper respiratory infection. 

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The latest on Koji Uehara (TEX), from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

Rangers reliever Koji Uehara, who has been on the disabled list since June 10 with a strained right lat muscle, is scheduled to throw batting practice on Wednesday for Double-A Frisco. That's the first of four steps the Rangers have planned for the right-hander in anticipation of activating him on Aug. 26.

The schedule calls for Uehara to throw two sessions of BP with Frisco, then make two appearances on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock. Those two appearances -- one inning each - are scheduled for Aug. 21 and Aug. 24.