Peep Show

Updated: August 12, 2003, 8:34 AM ET
By By David Mosse

American League
Oakland Athletics: A's phenom Rich Harden may have suffered his first loss in the majors on Sunday, but he discovered something far more important -- his fastball. In Oakland's 5-1 loss to the White Sox, Harden, 3-1 with a 1.69 ERA in five starts, said his fastball was as lively as its been since he arrived on July 16, and that it had the explosion he's used to it having. According to the 21-year-old, that development was a result of some work he has been doing with pitching coach Rick Peterson.

Seattle Mariners: Ichiro Suzuki won the duel of high-priced, highly productive Japanese imports on Sunday. In the Mariners come from behind, 8-6 victory over the Yankees, Suzuki went 2-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored -- including the game-tying run in a five-run seventh-inning rally -- and had a great defensive play. Meanwhile, Hideki Matsui went 1-for-4, but left seven men on base as the Yankees dropped the series to a team they are liable to meet again in October.