On May 5th, 1904, Cy Young
became the first person to
have pitched a perfect game in the modern era. Exactly
103 years later, Chien-Ming Wang flirted with a perfect game
into the 8th inning until Ben Broussard's homer spoiled both
the perfection and no-hitter. The pitch was a changeup, and
it was the only one Wang threw the entire game, where
he pitched 8 innings and gave up only two hits to help the
New York Yankees get past Seattle Mariners
8 - 1. Another
news related to the Yankees, is that they may open the
2008 season against their rival Boston Red Sox in Japan.
Wang nearly perfect in Yanks' rout
Change of pace ends Wang's bid
Yanks, Red Sox may open '08 in Asia
"The Matsu Boys."
Hideki Matsui's double in the 8th
inning scored the winning
run in New York Yankees'
4 - 3 win over the Texas Rangers
Daisuke Matsuzaka again had trouble of
locating his pitches,
despite the shaky performance, where he allowed 7 runs on
5 walks and 5 hits in 5 innings, Matsuzaka took a no-decision.
Boston Red Sox squeezed by the Seattle Mariners,
8 - 7.
Matsui's eighth-inning double lifts Yanks
Manny bails out Sox, Dice-K
Matsuzaka searching for answers
"A Week to Remember, Pt. 4."
Akinori Iwamura is still a few
weeks away from returning to
game action, and right now he is in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays'
Minor League Complex working his way back from the injury.
Aki's Diary: Life on the shelf
Shin-Soo Choo was optioned down
to AAA-Buffalo as the
Cleveland Indians looking for more help in the pitching
department right now. Choo batted .294 with 5 RBIs in
6 games since being called up from Buffalo on April 23.
Chan Ho Park got designated for
assignment after one
ugly start, he can either accept the assignment and head
back down to AAA-New Orleans, or become a free agent.
Hideki Matsui's double in the 8th
inning scored the winning
run in New York Yankees' 4 - 3 win over the Texas Rangers
No rest for weary bullpen, but help is on the way
Park's stay with Mets not long
Hideki Okajima, by now known to
many fans as the
hero in the dark was named the AL Rookie of the Month
in April. Okajima's only blemish was allowing a HR to
John Buck on the first pitch he threw in the Major League.
Since then, Okajima has been marvelous, compiled a
0.71 ERA and struck out 17 batters in 12 2/3 innings.
The Boston Red Sox also recently hired Okajima's friend
Jeff Yamaguchi as Okajima's new personal interpreter.
Okajima named AL Rookie of the Month
Big day for Okajima
"Out of Park."
Chan Ho Park was called up from
AAA-New Orleans to fill
in for Orlando Hernandez who went on the 15-day DL, and
Park did not make a good first impression as he was taken
out of the park by both Alfredo Amezaga and Hanley Ramirez.
Park actually retired the first eight batters before running into
trouble, and he finished the game allowing 7 runs on 6 hits
in 4 innings. Florida Marlins beat the New York Mets,
9 - 6.
Park unable to prop up Mets in opener
My favorite TV show is
Heroes and Hideki
"I'm willing to be a hero in the dark." sort of have me
him to Hiro Nakamura, played by Masi Oka on the hit show.
Hiro Nakamura's power is the ability
to teleport and
manipulate the space-time continuum. Okajima is a
southpaw pitcher who has a funky delivery that gets
most batters trouble to adjust to his pitching style.
Maybe Okajima's next quote would
the Red Sox Nation, save the world."
Be sure to catch the last four
episodes of Heroes
the next few weeks, starting tonight at 9 pm ET.
Okajima emerging out of the shadows
Chin-Hui Tsao is flashing the
skills that reminds everyone
was one of the best pitching prospects from a few years back.
Chien-Ming Wang is still a bit rusty
since being activated
from the DL. But as history showed, Wang's record in April
has not been impressive in the past. Boston Red Sox won the
serie finale against New York Yankees
7 - 4, Hideki Okajima
lowered his ERA to 0.71 by pitching two more scoreless innings.
Tomo Ohka won his 2nd game of the
season, he went
seven strong innings to help the Toronto Blue Jays
defeat the visiting Texas Rangers by the score of
7 - 3.
Cha Seung Baek had a no-hitter
going on through
5 2/3 innings, but received a no-decision in the
5 - 1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
Tsao proving worth in 'pen
Wang can't slow Red Sox in finale
Ohka sharp as Jays roll past Rangers
Mariners take advantage of good tip
"Land of Rising Sons."
In Daisuke Matsuzaka's next
outing, the Boston Red Sox
staff would like him to trust his arsenal of pitches.
Takashi Saito carried his success
from his rookie year
by converting seven saves so far this season.
Kei Igawa was skipped in the
rotation in favor of fellow rookie
Jeff Karstens, but he ended up helping the New York Yankees
stop the team's seven games slide by pitching his best game
so far this season. Igawa was inserted into the game earlier
than anyone expected after Julio Lugo's liner struck Karstens
on the first pitch of the game, and Karstens was out of the
game just five pitches later. Igawa's gem also helped the
Yankees beat the Red Sox for the first time this season.
Words of advice for Dice-K
Saito not worried about streak
Sox have no answers for Igawa
Igawa pens gem as Yanks snap skid
Despite the switching of the
venue, Daisuke Matsuzaka
once again struck out seven New York Yankees and defeat
the Bronx Bombers for the second time within a week.
Hideki Okajima also got in the game, pitched a scoreless
inning to continue his dominance out of the bullpen.
Dice-K prepared to pitch in Bronx
Matsuzaka short-arms Yanks
Dice-K is money well spent
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki
two sets of
Senbazuru from students at Showa Boston,
an institute of Japanese-American
language and culture.
Senbazuru is a colorful display that is made
paper cranes that are tied together, used in Japan for
several purposes, one of which is to wish sports teams well.
Matsuzaka, Okajima receive gifts
Hee Seop Choi was released by
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
after opted not to accept an assignment to AAA-Durham and
had contemplated heading back to South Korea to resume
his baseball career, where he will play for the Kia Tigers.
League Transactions (April 14-20)
Kia Drafts Big Choi, Will Choi Do the Same?
"Four Up, One Down."
Shin-Soo Choo received the call
up to Cleveland
with the hamstring injury to Andy Marte.
Seattle's pitching phenom Felix
Hernandez went on
to the 15-day DL, and the Mariners called up
Cha Seung Baek to take his spot in the rotation.
Hideki Matsui is activated from the
15-day DL, he had
been on the DL since April 8th with a left hamstring strain.
Chien-Ming Wang is also activated
from the 15-day DL,
Wang was scheduled to be the opening day starter to face
Scott Kazmir and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a few weeks
ago, but he will get another crack on Kazmir/Devil Rays
as he will make his 2007 season debut against them.
Akinori Iwamura is the latest Asian
player to be on the injury shelf.
Iwamura went on the 15-day DL with a right oblique strain.
Choo recalled from Triple-A Buffalo
Yankees activate Matsui
Wang warmly welcomed back
Iwamura placed on 15-day disabled list
"A Week to Remember, Pt. 3."
Akinori Iwamura is
starting to settle down and getting
used to life in the Major League. Iwamura found his
favorite Japanese cuisine restaurant via teammate
Shinji Mori, and is fitting in the clubhouse nicely.
Aki's Diary: Fitting in among 'mates
Daisuke Matsuzaka's outing was
not all that, but thanks to four
consecutive solo home run from Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew,
Mike Lowell, and Jason Varitek, Matsuzaka got his first win at
Fenway in his first career start against the Red Sox's biggest
rival. Boston complete the sweep against New York Yankees.
Welcome to Sox-Yanks, Dice-K
Boston's five homers sink Yankees
Hideki Okajima quickly played a
part of the Yankees/Red Sox
rivalry when he earned his first career save as a Major Leaguer
during the first meeting between the two rivals this season.
Okajima fills in flawlessly for Papelbon
"Center of Attention."
Ichiro patrolled the right
field for the American League
during the last six All-Star Games, this year, he will find
himself in the center field during the game on July 10th in
San Francisco after making the position change full-time.
Ichiro leads cast of All-Star candidates