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Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Apr.10, 2010 @ 2:21 pm, under MLB

Games from April 9th:

Rangers 6 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4: double, foul out to third, infield single (caught stealing), ground out to second.

Athletics 10 - Angels 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-4 with an RBI: home run, fly out to short, line out to pitcher, fly out to right.  He also recorded his 600th MLB / NPB RBI of his career.

Royals 4 - Red Sox 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th with a 3-2 lead and gave up a run on one hit over 0.1 innings of work.

Dodgers 7 - Marlins 3
Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed 8 innings while giving up a run (not earned) on 5 hits and a walk.  He also struck out 7 and recorded his first win of the year.

Giants 5 - Braves 4
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th inning with 4-2 lead and tossed a perfect inning. He also struck out one.

Diamondbacks 9 - Pirates 1
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: infield single, double in to the gap in left-center, fly out to center, double play.

Mets 8 - Nationals 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th with a 3-2 lead and pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one.

Reds 5 - Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th with 2 outs and hit a single to right.

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Ryota Igarashi topped out at 153km/h (95mph) during his outing on the 8th.

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Kenshin Kawakami threw about 60 pitches in the bullpen on the 8th in preparation for his start on the 10th.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka joined up with the AAA team on the 9th and will work out with them for about a week.  He's scheduled to pitch in games on the 10th and 15th.  When he gets to pitch in the Majors will be determined how he pitches in those two games.

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It seems there was a "this space available for advertising" ad during an NHK broadcast of a Pirates came on the 8th.  The ad showed up behind home plate and in Japanese (広告募集).

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Toshihisa Nishi headed for the US on Saturday.  He'll hook up with the Lancaster Barnstormers on the 12th, in time for the start of the season on the 22nd.

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Colby Lewis started his first MLB game on the 9th and beat the Mariners, 6-2.  His final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R,  1 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.