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4/26/2010: Hideki Matsui goes 0-for-4, puts off 1,000 for another day

by on Apr.26, 2010 @ 11:06 am, under MLB

Games from the 25th:

Angels 8 - Yankees 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-4 and failed to record his 1,000th career MLB hit: fly out to right, fly out to center, fly out to left, ground out to third.

Said Matsui, "There were all hitting mistakes.  [That ground out to third] was a pitch on the inside corner that I wanted to check my swing on, but ended up making contact. ... I was a little late on my swing [when I flied out to right]."

White Sox 3 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to short, ground out to short, ground out to second, single to left.

Orioles 7 - Red Sox 6
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th with 2 outs and the Red Sox up, 4-1.  He ended up allowing three runs to score (RBI double to Nick Markakis and a 2-run homer to Miguel Tejada) before getting out of the inning.  Okajima's final line: 1.1 IP, 7 BF, 3 H, 1 SO, 2 R, 2 ER.

Astros 10 - Pirates 3
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: single to right, ground out to the pitcher, strike out looking, ground out to second, ground out to short.

Kazuo Matsui did not play.

Cubs 12 - Brewers 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 3-for-4: walk, 2-run homer to center, double to right-center, single to center, walk, fly out to left.

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Koji Uehara could be making a return to the MLB roster as early as 4/30.  But before he does, he'll pitch in two AA games on the 27th and 29th.

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Hisanori Takahashi was given the ball from his first victory, but it seems he doesn't think it's the right ball.  He said he also had a chance to talk to Kenshin Kawakami and managed to get some advice from him.