From September 18:
|Norichika Aoki||MIL||9/18||CHC 0
|RF||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.280||Batted lead-off. G5, G4, HBP (SB; SB; R), F8. Made a nice catch on a sinking liner in the top of the 1st.|
|Munenori Kawasaki||TOR||9/18||NYY 4
|PH/DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.224||Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Moises Sierra in the bottom of the 9th. G3bf.|
|Ichiro Suzuki||NYY||9/18||NYY 4
|RF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.264||Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the bottom of the 8th. 1B9.|
|Yu Darvish||TEX||9/14||DNP||Next start: September 19 vs Rays. ... His advisory contract with ASIC includes everything, from gloves, cleats, bats, running shoes, and training wear. [Nikkan Sports 9/19/2013]|
|Hisashi Iwakuma||SEA||9/18||SEA 8
|105-72||30||8.0||4||0||0||2||6||0||2.76||Left the game in the bottom of the 9th with Seattle up 8-0. (WP 1, IBB 1). (W, 13-6). [MLB highlights]|
|Hiroki Kuroda||NYY||9/13||DNP||Next start: September 19 vs Blue Jays.|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka||NYM||9/14||DNP||Next start: September 20 vs Phillies.|
|Junichi Tazawa||BOS||9/18||BAL 5
|17-12||4||1.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.70||Entered the game in the top of the 8th with a runner on first, two out, and the score tied at three.|
|Koji Uehara||BOS||9/18||BAL 5
|12-9||3||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.16||Entered the game in the top of the 10th with the score tied at three.|
The LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna feels the Angels might have a strong interest in Rakuten Masahiro Tanaka. A snip:
... The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Tanaka, who features a 94-mph fastball, sharp slider and a superb split-fingered fastball, won't come cheap. If the Eagles, as expected, post Tanaka, it could cost a major league team $25 million or more just to obtain the rights to negotiate a deal with him.
Tanaka, 24, could be worth it. Two scouts who have seen Tanaka pitch but are not authorized to speak publicly about him said that although Tanaka might not be in Texas ace Yu Darvish's class, he could be as good as or better than Hiroki Kuroda, who is 68-68 with a 3.37 earned-run average in six big league seasons.
"I don't think he has the creativity and the multiple weapons of Darvish, but Kuroda is a really good comparison," one scout said. "He has three good pitches, and his splitter is a legitimate out pitch."
The Dodgers are also interested. From ESPNLosAngeles.com's Mark Saxon:
The Dodgers, like the Angels, have scouted Japanese right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, according to a source. Tanaka is 21-0 with a 1.24 ERA for the Rakuten Eagles and he could benefit from what is a mediocre crop of free-agent pitchers on the market this fall.
... Speculation is that teams could have to pay $25 million or more to Tanaka’s team just to win the right to negotiate with him.
Source: ESPN 9/17/2013
MLB teams that have sent scouts to check on Tanaka: Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, Mets, Braves, Mariners, Padres, Nationals, Giants, and Brewers.
Source: Sanspo 9/19/2013