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4/23/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Toshihisa Nishi

by on Apr.23, 2010 @ 1:46 pm, under MLB

Games from the 22nd:

Tigers 5 - Angels 4
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-5: single to right, strikeout, solo homer, ground out to second, ground out to first.

On defense, Matsui fielded four hits to left, a sac fly, and a foul fly without any major difficulties.  He told reporters after the game that his legs felt fine despite all the running around he did in left.

Brewers 20 - Pirates 0
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: strikeout, ground out to short, ground out to second, single to right.  Iwamura was substituted by a pinch-hitter in the 9th inning.

Mets 5 - Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning with one out and a runner on third.  He hit an RBI single to right and finished the night, 1-for-1.

Hisanori Takahashi did not make an appearance for the Mets.

Marlins 5 - Astros 1
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, foul out to third, groud out to first, line out to third.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's first MLB start could come on either the 26th or 27th (either start would be against the Toronto Blue Jays).

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Kenshin Kawakami will be starting Friday's game against the New York Mets.  He will be shooting for his first victory of the year.

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Toshihisa Nishi played in his first game with the Lancaster Barnstormers on the 22nd.  He started at second and batted 9th.  Nishi went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts.  The Barnstormers lost the game to the Long Island Ducks, 8-5.