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Hideki Matsui, Akinori Iwamura

by on Apr.06, 2010 @ 4:21 pm, under MLB

Games from April 5th:

Pirates 11 - Dodgers 5
Akinori Iwamura (PIT)  started at second and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: walk, fly out to left, ground out to first, ground out to first, ground out to short.

Braves 16 - Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome (CHN) started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored: single to right, double to left, walk, fly out to left (vs. Saito).

Takashi Saito (ATL) entered the game in the 8th and tossed a scoreless inning in relief.  He also struck out two.

Marlins 7 - Mets 1
Neither Ryota Igarashi (NYM) nor Hisanori Takahashi (NYM) pitched in the game.

Giants 5 - Astros 2
Kazuo Matsui (HOU) started at second and batted second.  He went 2-for-4: strike out, ground out to pitcher, single to right, single to left.

Mariners 5 - Athletics 3
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to third, single to center (steals second, caught stealing third), ground out to second, strike out, intentional walk.

Angels 6 - Twins 3
Hideki Matsui (ANA) was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI, including an RBI single to right in the 5th and a solo homer in the 8th.

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It seems gachinko, which can also mean compete, could be the Pirates' team slogan in 2010 (Akinori Iwamura provided the word).

Iwamura also practiced on the field (PNC Park) for the first time on the 4th and had a mini-battle with what appeared to be gnats.  He later joking told reporters he needs to prepare to battle not only his opponents, but also the gnats.

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Hideki Matsui will be stepping into the batter's box with one of three songs: You Don't Belong by Daugtry, From the Inside by Linkin Park, and Hit the Floor, also by Linkin Park.

Matsui told reporters that he'd like to attack the season as if he were going to hit a home run in every one of his at bats.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa told reporters that he'd like to see Matsui play in all 162 games this year (DH and in left).  He also said that the Angels were like one big happy family and that Matsui should find it easy to get comfortable.

According to Sponichi, Matsui merchandise is the hottest thing on sale at the team store located at Angel Stadium.