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[8/17/2014] Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Aug.17, 2014 @ 4:34 pm, under MLB

Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/16 NYY 3
TBR 2
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the bottom of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/16 KCR 1
MIN 4
RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .272
Batted lead-off. G3, 2B9[16]-SB[14] (third base)-R[52] (E2t), 1B6, F9. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/16 TOR 6
CWS 3
PH-2B 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 .284
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Steve Tolleson in the top of the 7th. Remained in the game as the second baseman. 1B4-R[23], 1B8. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 8/16 MRO 3
SPR 6
2B 3 0 2 0 1 0   .284
Batted eighth. G6, 1B7, 1B9, BB-CS[3] (second base).
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/16 ROM 2
CRD 7
2B 2 1 1 0 2 1   .236
Batted seventh. BB, 1B9-R[], BB, Kl

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 8/16 HOU 7
BOS 10
26-18 6 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 1.40
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 10-6. Surrendered a two-out solo home run to Jason Castro. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014, MLB.com Final Out
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 8/16 CHC 3
NYM 7
8-3 3 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.70
Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with the bases loaded, one out, and Chicago down 4-1. Allowed all three inherited runners to score on a SF8/E8f and a G3. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014, Sponichi 8/17/2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 8/16
Gm 1
BIN 2
REA 1
69-43 21 6.0 3 1 1 0 3 0 1.50
Started the game. Left after six with Binghamton up 2-1. Got the win. (W, 1-0). (WP 1). Went 0-for-1 at the plate: Kl, BB. Nikkan Sports 8/17/2014

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Chicago Cubs

Tsuyoshi Wada could make 2015 rotation, from ESPN's Jesse Rogers:

... Which brings us to next year. The Cubs may be on a search for more pitching, but they're still going to need bodies like Wada. At this point there's no reason they wouldn't pick up the option on 2015 as just about nothing else is for certain with the Cubs on the mound.

... The Cubs aren't yet in that add-at-all-costs mode. They'll search and probably sign a bigger name but they'll definitely bring in some more arms for depth. Wada is already here and despite his age, he's the perfect stopgap for another year -- unless of course the Cubs end up competing next season. Then he might become even more valuable.

Source: ESPN 8/15/2014

New York Yankees

The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from the Daily News' Mark Feinsand:

... The Yankees' ace climbed on a mound Saturday for the first time in nearly six weeks, throwing 25 fastballs. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild was pleased with Tanaka's session, but like Joe Girardi, he's not getting too excited.

... "I've been somewhat guarded, in a sense, because I think you've got to get in competition, but obviously it's another step," Girardi said. "It's significantly more than just playing catch."

Tanaka said through a translator that he's "heading in the right direction, so I feel good about that," but he agreed with Girardi that "until you pitch in a real game," it's going to be difficult to get a true gauge of whether the rehab plan will help him avoid surgery.

... Rothschild said the Yankees will wait to see how Tanaka feels Sunday before designing his schedule for the upcoming week. Tanaka hopes to begin incorporating breaking balls into his bullpen session the next time out, which would be a bigger test for his elbow.

Source: NY Daily News 8/16/2014

Upcoming Starts

  • Hiroki Kuroda - August 17 against the Rays at Tropicana Field. MLB.com Preview
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  • Yu Darvish - 15-day disabled list on August 13, retroactive to August 10, right elbow inflammation
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