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Daisuke Matsuzaka’s wife gives birth to a baby girl

by on Mar.20, 2010 @ 1:31 pm, under MLB

The Red Sox announced on the 19th that Daisuke Matsuzaka's wife gave birth to a 3,000 gram baby girl in Boston hospital on the 18th.  When asked about what he thought of his new daughter's birth date matching his uniform number, Matsuzaka said, "I was really happy.  And I'll put 18 on everything now..."

Matsuzaka left for Boston after practice on the 17th and returned to Florida on the 19th.  He is still scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on the 21st.

Junichi Tazawa tossed an inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates and allowed one run on one hit and struck out one.  The one run he allowed was on a home run.

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Hideki Matsui was scheduled to play a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on the road on the 19th, but since the DH rule was not in effect, he was left out of the starting line-up.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted third against the Boston Red Sox on the 19th.  He went 1-for-3: strike out, single to right, reached on an error to third.  He was taken out of the game in the 6th on defense.

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Koji Uehara was checked out by the team trainer on the 19th.  He will not be doing any heavy workouts over the new few days.  He is scheduled for some light catch on the 20th.

Sponichi has a little primer on Uehara's injuries over the years: 7/2/2000 - left hamstring tear; 2/2001 - right hamstring tear; 2/2004 - right hamstring tear; 3/2005 - tightness in both hamstrings; 5/4/2006 - right hamstring tear; 1/2007 - left calf injury; 2/2007 - left hamstring pain; 3/2007 - left hamstring tear; 3/9/2009 - left hamstring injury; 6/28/2009 - right elbow injury.

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Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Chicago White Sox on the 19th.  He went 1-for-3: RBI triple, fly out to center, fly out to left.  He was removed in the 5th on defense.

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During BP on the 18th, Ichiro Suzuki took 39 swings and hit 11 over the fence.  Ichiro is scheduled to play in four consecutive games beginning on the 21st.

Ichiro went had a hit and a stolen base in a game against the Cincinnati Reds on the 19th.

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Ryota Igarashi apparently hit 153km/h on the radar gun during his outing on the 18th.

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Kenshin Kawakami tossed 5 innings against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th and gave up 3 runs on 6 hits, including two home runs.  Kawakami did not walk any batters and struck out four.