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4/24/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ryota Igarashi

by on Apr.24, 2010 @ 2:05 pm, under MLB

From games on the 23rd:

Angels 6 - Yankees 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He's currently 1-for-4: line out to short, double play, ground out to second, single to right.

White Sox 7 - Mariners 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to short, single to right, fly out to left, bunt single, fly out to second.

Red Sox 4 - Orioles 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th with 1 out and the Red Sox up, 3-2.  Okajima faced four batters and gave up 2 hits and one run.

Astros 4 - Pirates 3
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout, ground out to short, fly out to left.

Kazuo Matsui was held out of the line-up after he fouled a ball off his right knee on the 22nd.

Cubs 8 - Brewers 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-4: RBI double to center, solo home run, walk, strikeout, strikeout.

Mets 5 - Braves 2
Kenshin Kawakami started the game for the Braves and gave up 3 runs over 6 innings on 6 hits (including a homer), 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts.  Kawakami recorded his third loss of the season.

Takashi Saito entered the game in the 7th for the Braves and surrendered 2 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks over 1 inning of work.

Takahashi Hisanori entered the game in the 4th with 2 outs and tossed 3 shutout innings in relief.  He threw a total 50 pitches, gave up two hits, a walk, and struck out 7.  Hisanori also collected his first MLB hit off Kawakami.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's first start could come on 5/1 against the Baltimore Orioles.  Seems Tim Wakefield will be making a return to the bullpen after one last start on the 4/25, allowing Matsuzaka room to slide into the starting rotation.

It appears as though Matsuzaka will also throw a simulated game in Toronto to stay sharp.

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Ryota Igarashi told reporters that he felt his hamstring injury this time around was much less severe than his previous hamstring injury and that he was hoping to start a throwing program in a week to 10 days time.  He added that he also doesn't want to rush his return either because he didn't want to return to the DL with the same injury.

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Kazuo Matsui fouled a ball off the inner portion of his right knee during a game on the 22nd.

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Ryota Igarashi began working out on the stationary bike and started various other upper body strength training exercises on Friday.

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It seems Bud Selig doesn't think it's necessary to have a global World Series that involves the MLB World Series winners and the NPB Nippon Series winners every year and that there could be years where All-Stars teams from either league compete.

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Kyodo News Services (via Nikkan Sports) conducted an interview with former Hiroshima Carp Colby Lewis and found that he still likes to eat rice everyday.  Other things that were mentioned in the interview:

MLB teams can have 8 players that can hit home runs while the NPB might have 4-5 players that can go year.

NPB fans cheer for you no matter the outcome while MLB fans aren't quite as forgiving when things go bad.