From June 4:
|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.|
|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).|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||DNP||Next start: June 8 vs Blue Jays.|
|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]|
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.