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Koji Uehara, Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Apr.17, 2010 @ 1:09 pm, under MLB

From games on the 16th:

Mariners 11 - Tigers 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base: ground out to first, single to left, fly out to center, RBI single to center, fly out to left.

Red Sox 1 - Rays 1 (suspended to be complete 4/17)
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th and faced the minimum.

Angels 7 - Blue Jays 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-3: single to center, strike out swinging, fly out to left, walk.

Pirates 4 - Reds 3
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4 with an RBI: single to right, RBI single to center, ground out to pitcher (DP), walk, strikeout.

Cub 7 - Astros 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-2 with an RBI: fly out to left, fly out to right, walk, sac hit to center.

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Koji Uehara is apparently scheduled to toss BP on the 17th.  It seems Uehara also updated his own blog and mentioned how he threw 36 pitches in a bullpen session and was still filled with anxiety about re-injuring himself (in other words, he's still having a hard time mentally letting go).

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Daisuke Matsuzaka will have another AAA start before he gets called up (on the 21st).  And it seems he's taking that information in stride, telling reporters that he realizes the club just wants to make sure that he's 100% and that he plans on taking advantage of the extra time he has been given in order to prepare.

According to NikkanSports, it would seem that his first MLB start could come on the 26th against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Hideki Matsui has now hit a home run wearing the number 42 twice in his career (2009 and 2010).  That also happens to be the same number of times he has hit a home run wearing a number other than 55 since he first joined the Yomiuri Giants and started wearing the number 55 in 1993.  The Yankees also became the 14th team he has hit a home run off.