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4/25/2010: Hideki Matsui collects 998th and 999th hits on the 24th

by on Apr.25, 2010 @ 1:02 pm, under MLB

Games from the 24th:

Yankees 7 - Angels 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-4: single to right, ground out to first, strikeout, single to center.

Matsui is now just one hit away from his 1,000th career MLB hit.

White Sox 5 - Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, fouls out to third, ground out to to third, ground out to pitcher.

Cubs 5 - Brewers 1
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the 6th on defense (took over in right)  and went 0-for-1: ground out to the pitcher.

Astros 5 - Pirates 2
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout, walk, strikeout, foul out to short.

Kazuo Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Brandon Lyon in the 8th and hit a single into center.

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Ryota Igarashi will be heading to Florida on the 25th to continue his rehab.  He told reporters on the 24th that he was feeling better every day and that he was hoping to return in about 2 weeks.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to toss a simulated game on the 26th before his first MLB start against the Baltimore Orioles on 5/1.

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Koji Uehara could be making a return to the Majors some time during the first half of May.  Uehara has already tossed an inning (13 pitches) during a practice game on the 22nd and was set to pitch again on the 24th.  That could put him in line for some minor league outings during the coming week.

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Toshihisa Nishi started at second and batted 9th on the 23rd against the Long Island Ducks.  He went 0-for-3 as the Lancanster Barnstormers went on to beat the Ducks, 9-4.