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9/10/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Sep.10, 2012 @ 2:43 pm, under MLB

Games from September 9:

New York Yankees 13 - Baltimore Orioles 3
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in center and batted ninth.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to short, RBI infield single, ground out to second, infield single (run scored).  Ichiro moved from center to left in the bottom of the 6th and from left to right in the bottom of the 7th.  He was later replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

San Diego Padres 8 - Arizona Diamondbacks 2
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th -- runner on first, one out, Arizona down 3-1 -- and struck out the first batter he faced before allowing four unearned runs to score on a fielding E4, walk, and grand slam.  He got the hook immediately after giving up a second home run.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 23-13 NP-S, 5 BF, 2 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Toronto Blue Jays 6 - Texas Rangers 0
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th -- runner on first, no out, Texas down 6-0 -- and induced two ground balls with two pitches for three outs (GIDP and ground out to third).  Final line: 1 IP, 2-2 NP-S, 2 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Toronto Blue Jays 4 - Boston Red Sox 3
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 9th -- runners on first and third, two out, Boston down 4-3 -- and loaded the bases with a walk before striking out Brett Lawrie to end the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 9-5 NP-S, 2 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

St. Louis Cardinals 5 - Milwaukee Brewers 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: double to center, fly out to center, ground out to second, ground out to short (reached on force), two-run home run (8) to right. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Oakland A's 4 - Seattle Mariners 2
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a defensive replacement at short in the top of the 8th.  He did not get to swing the bat since he was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) could get dropped from the starting rotation.  From the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham:

Manager Bobby Valentine said Sunday that the organization is considering taking Matsuzaka out of the rotation and replacing him with Alfredo Aceves.

... Matsuzaka is 1-5 with a 7.20 earned run average and will be a free agent after the season. With the Red Sox almost certain not to bring Matsuzaka back, keeping him in the rotation serves little purpose.

"I'm not sure," Valentine said when asked if Matsuzaka would make his next start. "Going to see. Have some meetings here with him, too. He was very disappointed yesterday. So was I."

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Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) and Yu Darvish (TEX) could face off against each other since they are both slated to make their next starts on September 14.  This will be the eighth time Japanese pitchers have started game against each other.  The last was Darvish vs Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) on April 24.

Darvish and Iwakuma faced each other six times in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/10/2012

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