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8/20/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Aug.20, 2012 @ 5:42 pm, under MLB

Games from August 19:

New York Yankees 4 - Boston Red Sox 1 [Daily Sports, Daily Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted eighth.  He went 3-for-4: fly out to right, solo homer (6) to right, solo homer (6) to right, infield single. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, SponichiSponichi]

Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and and allowed one run (earned) over eight innings of work.  He got the win and is 12-8 on the year.  Final line: 8 IP, 112-75 NP-S, 28 BF, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th -- one out, bases empty, and the Red Sox down 4-1 -- and sandwiched an Ichiro hit in between two ground ball outs to end the inning.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 13-9 NP-S, 3 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Philadelphia Phillies 8 - Milwaukee Brewers 0
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Mike McClendon in the bottom of the 8th and struck out.  He did not remain in the game for the top of the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Seattle Mariners 5 - Minnesota Twins 1
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, ground out to first, ground out to short, strikeout looking. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 7 - Detroit Tigers 5
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and gave up five runs (all earned) over five innings of work.  He still got the win and improved to 12-7 on the year.  Final line: 5 IP, 101-62 NP-S, 23 BF, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR.

Scranton/WB 6 - Rochester 0 (AAA) [Nikkan Sports]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in right and batted eighth.  He went 1-for-2: walk, single to right (run scored), walk (run scored), strikeout looking.

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, GIDP, ground out to first, ground out to second.

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Ken Rosenthal mentions that the San Francisco Giants made a "serious run" at Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) before the Yankees trade went down.  He also mentions the Giants might be interested in him as a free agent this off-season.  Source: Fox Sports Video (around 1:46).

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's (BOS) next Triple-A rehab start was pushed back a day to August 21.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/20/2012

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Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake. From MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez:

... the Angels optioned veteran lefty Hisanori Takahashi to Triple-A Salt Lake for the second time this season on Sunday. The move leaves them with only one lefty in the bullpen (Scott Downs), but Takahashi has had an even worse season -- posting a 4.93 ERA in 42 innings -- than Isringhausen, and sending him down allows the Angels to maximize their pitching depth.

At the latest, he'll return when rosters expand at the start of September.