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4/28/2010: Hisanori Takahashi, Kazuo Matsui, Hideki Matsui

by on Apr.28, 2010 @ 7:02 pm, under MLB

Games from the 27th:

Indians 9 - Angels 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-2: ground out to first, walk, walk, fly out to left.  Matsui is still 2 RBIs away from 1,500 (NPB + MLB).

Mariners 3 - Royals 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: fly out to center, ground out to catcher, single to left, bunt single, ground out to pitcher.

Red 6 - Astros 2
Kazuo Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning and grounded out to short.  He did not take the field after that.

Said Matsui of his second pinch-hit at bat in four games: "The hardest thing is getting a grasp of the game.  While it's really difficult to stay sharp at the plate unless you get at bats, I can still imagine what it's like to field grounders.  I'm doing what I can.  The only thing is, how will I be used."

Pirates 7 - Brewers 3
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-3: sac fly to left, walk, strike out swinging, fly out to left, fly out to right.

Nationals 3 - Cubs 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second. He went 1-for-2: infield single, walk, ground out to the pitcher, walk.

Mets 4 - Dodgers 0 (1st game)
Hiroki Kuroda started his fourth game of the season and allowed two runs over 6 innings of work.  His final line: 6 IP, 25 BF, 5 H (including a solo homer), 4 SO, 3 BB, 2 ER.  Kuroda recorded his first loss of the year.

Mets 10 - Dodgers 5 (2nd game)
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 4th with the bases loaded and 2 out and the Mets up, 3-2.  Takahashi ended up walking the first batter he faced, allowing the tying run to score, but prevented further damage by striking out the next batter.  His final line: 3.1 IP, 13 BF, 2 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 1 ER.  Takahashi recorded his second win of the year.

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Koji Uehara started a AA game on the 27th and tossed 15 pitches to 4 batters, allowed 1 hit, no runs, and struck out 1.  He will likely pitch in another AA game on the 29th (one inning).  Depending how his outing goes, Uehara could be ready to join the MLB roster.  Uehara told reporters that his rehab is moving along smoothly and that the only thing he needs to address / fix/ figure out is how to get past his fears of re-injuring himself.

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H. Matsui visited Disneyland on the 27th to help promote this year's All-Star game, set to take place at Angel Stadium.  He had a chance to meet Mickey Mouse and apparently also rode the "It's a Small World" ride.