Games from August 20:
Chicago White Sox 9 - New York Yankees 6
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted eighth. He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, ground out to third (reach on force), line out to left, ground out to first, single to right. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi, Daily Sports, Daily Sports]
Milwaukee Brewers 9 - Chicago Cubs 5
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 3-for-4: single to left, ground out to first, sac fly to center, single to left, single to center. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi, Daily Sports]
Scranton/WB 7 - Buffalo 5 (AAA) [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in right and batted eighth. He went 1-for-3: strikeout looking, ground out to short, walk (run scored), single to center. Fukudome moved to first in the top of the 9th.
Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the top of the 8th with a runner on second and two out and allowed the inherited runner to advance to third before getting the final out of the inning. He then proceeded to give up two runs in the top of the 9th. Igarashi recorded his thirteen save of the year. Final line: 1.1 IP, 28-15 NP-S, 7 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR, 2 WP.
Rochester 9 - Pawtucket 6 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first. He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, single to left (run scored), fly out to right, GIDP, single to left (run scored). Nishioka also committed throwing error in the bottom of the 7th. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]
Japanese players that have hit two homers in one game, via Nikkan Sports:
- Ichiro Suzuki (seven times)
- Hideki Matsui (six times)
- Tadahito Iguchi and Kenji Jojima (two times)
- Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Kazuo Matsui, So Taguchi, Norichika Aoki (one time)
The Minnesota Twins outrighted Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Monday. From MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger:
The Twins outrighted struggling right-hander Nick Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester, and will recall a starting pitcher on Tuesday to start on Wednesday against the A's. In addition, Minnesota also outrighted infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who will remain on the Rochester roster.
... Nishioka, who is also owed $3 million next year, struggled in three games with the Twins this year, going 0-for-12 with two errors and several other misplays in the field.