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8/17/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Takashi Saito, Norichika Aoki

by on Aug.17, 2012 @ 2:55 pm, under MLB

Games from August 16:

Texas Rangers 10 - New York Yankees 6
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in center and batted eighth.  He went 3-for-3: sac bunt, infield single (run scored), single to right, double to center.  His double in the bottom of the 8th was the 300th of his MLB career. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily SportsDaily Sports, Sponichi]

Milwaukee Brewers 7 - Philadelphia Phillies 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to the pitcher, pop out to short. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Scranton/WB 5 - Pawtucket 4 (AAA) [Sponichi]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started at first and batted eighth.  He went 0-for-2: strikeout looking, walk, walk, ground out to short (force).

Ryota Igrashi (SWB) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed two shutout inning in relief for his eighth save of the year.  Final line: 2 IP, 26-16 NP-S, 8 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Round Rock - 9 Reno 8 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) got the final out of the bottom of the 7th and could not retire any of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 8th (double, RBI double, single). Final line: 0.1 IP, 9-7 NP-S, 4 BF, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Rochester 2 - Indianapolis 1 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: single to left, fly out to left, fly out to center, single to left, ground out to the pitcher. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

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Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) collected his 3,000th career NPB+MLB (926 NPB, 2074 MLB) single during his at bat in the 6th inning of Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) will get another rehab Triple-A start: August 20.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012

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Hiroki Kuroda's (NYY) threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday in preparation for his next start on August 19 (vs Boston Red Sox).  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/2012

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Takashi Saito (ARI) started playing catch on Thursday -- distance of about ten meters for about five minutes.

Said Saito, "My [left leg] still feels a tight, but manageable.  I just need my leg to get better since I have no problems throwing."

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/17/201

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Yu Darvish (TEX) turned twenty-six on Thursday.

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Sanspo notes the Indians, Rays, Yankees, Royals, Phillies, and Orioles appear to have an interest in Kyuji Fujikawa (at least based on where their scouts have been showing up).

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Eight MLB teams, including the Yankees, Red Sox, and Orioles, were at Thursday's Hanshin-Yokohama game in Yokohama.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 8/17/2012