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[6/5/2013] Norichika Aoki, Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Jun.05, 2013 @ 4:58 pm, under MLB

From June 4:

Hitters

Player Tm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL OAK 3 @ MIL 4 RF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .294 Batted lead-off. F8, G6 (force), G3, 1B8 (R), HBP. Extended hitting streak to five games (6-for-22). ... One hit away from 1,500 NPB (1,284) + MLB (215) hits.
Munenori Kawasaki TOR TOR 1 @ SFN 2 SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .214 Batted eighth. F8, G3. Replaced by pinch-hitter Rajai Davis in the top of the 8th.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX DNP                    
Ichiro Suzuki NYY CLE 3 @ NYY 4 CF/RF 3 1 1 1 0 1 2 .262 Batted lead-off. G4, 1B7 (RBI, R), Ks, SH (E5). Move from center to right in the top of the 7th. His single in the 3rd tied him with Ted Williams on the all-time hits list with 2,654. Has hit safely in five straight (6-for-15).
Kensuke Tanaka SF LVG 6 @ FRE 5 2B 2 1 2 2 0 0   .313 Batted lead-off. 1B6-8, SF9 (RBI), 1B9 (R), SF7 (RBI).

Pitchers

Player Tm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX DNP                     Next start: June 8 vs Blue Jays.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA DNP                     Next start: June 5 vs White Sox.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY DNP                     Next start: June 7 vs Mariners. [Nikkan Sports 6/5/2013]
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE DNP                     The latest on Matsuzaka, from The Columbus Dispatch's Jim Massie: Daisuke Matsuzaka (oblique strain) got on the mound for a third bullpen session today. He will pitch a simulated game on Friday in Toledo and is a week to 10 days from coming off the disabled list. [Columbus Dispatch 6/4/2013] ... Tossed fifty pitches in the bullpen on the 4th. [Nikkan Sports 6/5/2013]
Toru Murata CLE DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK DNP                      
Hisanori Takahashi CHC DNP                      
Yoshinori Tateyama TEX DNP                      
Junichi Tazawa BOS DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL DNP                      

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Olympics News and Notes

The Baseball Federation of Japan (BFJ) and the Japan Softball Association (JSA) have their sights set on obtaining 5,000,000 signatures (total population of people either playing softball or baseball in Japan) to help get baseball back into the Olympics.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/5/2013

The NPB is open to provide the BFJ and JSA with whatever support it can, however, nothing can be guaranteed until they know the full details and have had a chance to discuss things with the twelve NPB teams.

Source: Daily Sports 6/5/2013, Sponichi 6/5/2013