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[8/21/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Aug.21, 2014 @ 4:07 pm, under MLB

Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 8/20 HOU 5
NYY 2
RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 .280
Batted ninth. 2B7[8], 1B8-SB[11] (second base)-R[30], G6, L6. Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 8/20 KCR 2
COL 5
PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .266
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Danny Duffy in the top of the 8th. F8. Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 8/20 TOR 9
MIL 5
2B 2 1 1 1 1 0 1 .273
Batted eighth. BB, F8, 2B8[5] one RBI[10]-R[24]. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th. Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014
Gosuke Katoh NYY 8/20 CRD 2
CAP 7
2B 4 0 0 0 0 2   .233
Batted ninth. Kl, F9, G6, Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC 8/20 SFG 8
CHC 3
25-19 8 2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1.69
Entered the game in the top of the 8th with Chicago down 8-2. First two-inning appearance since coming off the disabled list. Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014, Sponichi 8/21/2014, MLB.com Highlights

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Chicago Cubs

The Giants protested Tuesday's rain-shortened game and the MLB upheld the Giants protest over Tuesday's rain-shortened game.  From MLB.com's Chris Haft:

... San Francisco's protest of its loss to Chicago on Tuesday was upheld on Wednesday by Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations. Torre agreed with the Giants' stance that the flawed deployment of Wrigley Field's tarp meant that the game should have been suspended instead of awarded to the Cubs, who led, 2-0, when rain halted activity after the regulation 4 1/2 innings had been played.

The game will resume in the bottom of the fifth inning at 2:05 p.m. PT on Thursday, with the regularly scheduled series finale to follow at 5:05 p.m.

Source: MLB.com 8/21/2014

Tsuyoshi Wada was originally credited with a rain-shortened shutout. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

New York Yankees

The latest on Masahiro Tanaka, from the Daily News' Justin Tasch:

... Tanaka addressed his elbow condition after tossing another bullpen session on Wednesday, which he came through feeling "good" and "better," both of which Tanaka said in English. The 25-year-old threw 35 pitches, which included "pretty much everything" in his arsenal. Five of those pitches were his trademark splitter. In his first session on Saturday, Tanaka threw 25 fastballs.

"It went well, but it was actually my first time throwing breaking balls — something besides fastballs — in the bullpen," Tanaka said. "I feel I was a little bit rusty, so I'm gonna have to try to brush that up a little bit from here on."

Source: NY Daily News 8/21/2014

And from the New York Post's Fred Kerber:

... Tanaka, who last pitched July 8, believes he is healthy after a 35-pitch session Wednesday when he worked in breaking balls and splitters for the first time since his injury. Tanaka was put on the disabled list with a slight tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow July 9.

... "Absolutely," Tanaka said through a translator when asked if he felt the health issue is behind him. "I feel that I've gotten the health to the point where the elbow is fine now. I'm more looking toward playing in a game now. But even with that said, I do have to be cautious about the elbow."

... When will he throw again?

"I don't have a time frame," manager Joe Girardi said of Tanaka's return before the Yankees' 5-2 loss to the Astros at the Stadium. "We don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves. … The fact that he felt good today was encouraging. We'll see how he feels [Thursday]. That's important."

... The next step for Tanaka will be throwing batting practice, though Girardi seemed unsure if another bullpen session was warranted. And before Tanaka actually can return to the Yankees' decimated rotation, the team wants him to pitch in a simulated game and at least one rehab game. A minor league start would be nice, but the minor league schedules are winding down.

Source: NY Post 8/20/2014

Toronto Blue Jays

  • The double Munenori Kawasaki hit during the 2nd inning of a Detroit Tigers game on the 8th was changed to an E7. Source: Nikkan Sports 8/21/2014

Upcoming Starts

  • Hiroki Kuroda - August 23 against the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. MLB.com Preview
  • Hisashi Iwakuma - August 24 against Red Sox at Fenway Park. MLB.com Preview
  • Tsuyoshi Wada

Disabled List

Player Status Injury Notes
Yu Darvish 15-day disabled list (8/13),
retroactive to 8/10
Right elbow inflammation Due back: August 25. ... Not playing catch as of August 19 update. Due back: TBD.
Daisuke Matsuzaka 15-day disabled list (7/26),
retroactive to 7/25
Sore right elbow Rehab assignment to St. Lucie Mets on August 11. Rehab assignment to Binghamton Mets on August 16.
Masahiro Tanaka 15-day disabled list (7/9) Partial tear of UCL in right elbow Threw 25-pitch bullpen session Aug. 16; expected to throw bullpen session Aug. 20. Due back: possibly September. ... Threw 35-pitch bullpen session Aug. 20.

From MLB.com