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Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kei Igawa

by on Apr.14, 2010 @ 3:50 pm, under MLB

Games from the 13th:

Mariners 3 - Athletics 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout, ground out to short, ground out to pitcher, strikeout.

Yankees 7 - Angels 5
Hideki Matsui returned to his old stomping grounds.  He was the starting DH and batted fourth.  Matsui went 0-for-5: strikeout, ground out to short, ground out to second, ground out to second, fly out to second.

Nice to see the fans give Matsui a standing O as he stepped in for his first at bat.  And before the game, the Yanks held a ceremony to hand out the World Series Rings.  Matsui looked pretty touched when the fans started cheering for him when they called out his name.  Seems Derek Jeter and the Yanks also played a little joke on Matsui with a fake World Series Ring.  There are a few quotes from Matsui (in Japanese) over here.

Rockies 11 - Mets 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th with runners on first and third and one out.  He surrendered an RBI double to the first player he faced but settled in after that: 1.2 IP, 8 BF, 2 H, BB, 3 SO, 0 ER.

Pirates 6 - Giants 5
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI: ground out to short, solo homer, ground out to first, ground out to short, RBI single to center.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is hoping to go at least 7 innings and throw 95 pitches during his next outing on the 15th.  On the 12th, he threw 68 pitches in the bullpen, all from the set position.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 13th in preparation for his next start, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, on the 15th.

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Kei Igawa pitched in AAA against Rochester on the 13th: 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO.  He also recorded his first win and blown save of the season.