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[8/14/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish

by on Aug.14, 2014 @ 5:41 pm, under MLB

Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/13 NYY 3
BAL 5
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Entered the game on defense in right in the bottom of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/13 OAK 0
KCR 3
RF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 .273
Batted lead-off. 1B7, 1B9-R[50], SH1, G3. Replaced on defense in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/13 TOR 0
SEA 2
2B 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .270
Batted seventh. G4, K (foul tip), BB, 1B4 (challenged, upheld). Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/13 MRO 4
TUL 9
DH 5 0 0 0 0 2   .278
Batted fifth. G6f, Ks, G5, G5f, Ks.
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/13 HIC 9
CRD 13
2B 3 3 1 1 2 0   .232
Batted eighth. G4, 2B7[18] one RBI[35]-R[49], BB-R[50], BB-R[51], F7.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 8/13 TOR 0
SEA 2
101-61 26 6.2 5 0 0 1 5 0 2.72
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, two out, and Seattle up 2-0. He picked up the win. (W, 11-6). (WP 1). Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014, MLB.com Highlights
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 8/13 MIL 2
CHC 4
97-67 25 6.2 5 2 2 1 5 2 3.15
Started the game. Left in the top of the 7th after giving up back-to-back, two-out home runs and the Cubs up 4-2. He got the win. (W, 2-1). He went 0-for-2 at the plate: F8, F8. Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014, MLB.com Highlights, MLB.com Post-Game Interview
Junichi Tazawa BOS 8/13 BOS 5
CIN 4
17-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.31
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston up 5-4. (H, 14). Nikkan Sports 8/14/2014, Sponichi 8/14/2014

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New York Yankees

The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:

The 10 fastballs that Masahiro Tanaka fired across the flat ground of Camden Yards' outfield grass on Wednesday afternoon may not seem like much, but they represented another important step as the right-hander works to return to the mound this season.

... Tanaka still needs to advance to throwing bullpens and batting practice, then facing hitters in games, but said that feels no pain in his elbow. Tanaka believes that it is possible he will make it back to the big leagues in September.

"I think I have a chance, if everything progresses the way I want it to and we want it to," Tanaka said.

Source: MLBlogs.com 8/13/2014

Texas Rangers

Yu Darvish was placed on the fifteen-day disabled listed on Wendesday. From The Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant:

A day after he decided against throwing a bullpen session because his "body told," him, Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Wednesday was placed on the 15-day DL with right elbow inflammation.

Darvish is slated to undergo and MRI on Thursday, but initial exams by team medical director Dr. Keith Meister indicated the injury did not involve the ulnar collateral ligament, the ligament that is involved in Tommy John surgery. General manager Jon Daniels described the injury as "pronator tendinitis."

... On Monday, he said he felt some tightness while playing catch. The tightness did not dissipate when he prepared to throw in the bullpen on Tuesday and he decided against going through with the bullpen. On Wednesday, he briefly played catch under the eye of athletic trainer Kevin Harmon before the club made the decision.

Source: The Dallas Morning News 8/13/2014

Upcoming Starts

  • Hiroki Kuroda - August 17 against the Rays at Tropicana Field. MLB.com Preview
  • Tsuyoshi Wada - August 18 against the Mets at Citi Field. MLB.com Preview
  • Hisashi Iwakuma - August 19 against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. MLB.com Preview
  • Yu Darvish - 15-day disabled list on August 13, retroactive to August 10, right elbow inflammation
  • Masahiro Tanaka - 15-day disabled list on July 9, partial tear of UCL in right elbow

MLB Interest

The Arizona Diamondbacks could be interested in Hiroshima's Kenta Maeda. From azcentral sports' Nick Piecoro:

... This year's top import is likely to be right-hander Kenta Maeda, and while scouts don't expect him to be quite so dominant, most envision him having immediate success in a major-league rotation.

"He's probably more of a mid-rotation type," said an evaluator with a National League team. "But with Tanaka, I think a lot of scouts saw him as a No. 2 or 3 type, but you saw what he did. You can never really tell."

... "That's a concern that he's a bit of a smaller guy, like a Roy Oswalt body type. But he has tremendous feel for pitching and can throw five different pitches. I've seen him up to 95 (mph) before, so he has that, but he has other things he can try to go to that he can get you out with."

Said another AL scout: "He appears to be a solid No. 4 starter who is a strike-thrower and has a plus slider. He's undersized but athletic. Good, but not great."

Source: azcentral.com 8/13/2014