Games from September 21:
New York Yankees 2 - Oakland A's 1
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in left and batted eighth. He went 2-for-3: infield "pitcher shirt" single (stole second), single to left, fly out to left. Ichiro moved from left to right in the top of the 9th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Arizona Diamondbacks 15 - Colorado Rockies 5
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with Arizona up 14-5, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 18-14 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Houston Astros 7 - Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Hisanori Takahashi (PIT) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with the Pirates down 6-0, and gave up a run (solo homer) during his inning of relief work. Final line: 1 IP, 15-10 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
Milwaukee Brewers 4 - Washington Nationals 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-4: fly out to right, ground out to first, ground out to first, bunt single (run scored). Aoki extended his hitting streak to eleven games. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi, Sponichi]
Seattle Mariners 6 - Texas Rangers 3
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) started the game and gave up three runs (all earned) over seven innings of work. He got the win and is 7-5. Final line: 7 IP, 90-62 NP-S, 27 BF, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]
The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS), from NESN's Didier Morais:
With 11 games remaining on the schedule, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced the team would skip Daisuke Matsuzaka's next turn in the rotation and give youngster Zach Stewart a shot instead.
... But it doesn't mean Matsuzaka is done for the season. Valentine confirmed that the 32-year-old would receive one more start, despite surrendering four or more runs in each of his past four outings.
Yu Darvish's (TEX) next start will come on September 25 against the Oakland A's. Source: Nikkan Sports 9/22/2012