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4/29/2010: Koji Uehara, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kazuo Matsui

by on Apr.29, 2010 @ 5:33 pm, under MLB

Games from the 28th:

Angels 4 - Indians 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, intentional walk.

Matsui remains 2 RBI away from 1,500 MLB + NPB career RBI.

Mariners 6 - Royals 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 3-for-5: double to right, ground out to second, RBI infield single, foul out to left, single to center.

Reds 6 - Astros 4
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-2: fly out to left, walk, fly out to right, walk.

K. Matsui told reporters he was satisfied with his performance, considering his last start came on 4/22.

Pirates 6 - Brewers 5
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off.  He went 3-for-6: single to left, strikeout looking, ground out to the pitcher, single to left, walk, fly out to right, infield single.

Iwamura returned to the lead-off position after spending the last two games in the seven hole.

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

Cardinals 6 - Braves 0
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and gave up 5 runs over 4.1 innings of work.  Kawakami picked up his fourth consecutive loss to start the season.  His final line: 4.1 IP, 22 BF, 5 H, 4 SO, 4 BB (3 IBB), 5 R, 4 ER.

Said Kawakami, "I should have been tougher out there.  And it seems like I just couldn't get into a good groove.  But that's my fault.  I need to be able to make adjustments in those situations."

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It seems Koji Uehara could be making a return to the MLB roster on 5/1, the same day that Daisuke Matsuzaka is currently set to rejoin the Red Sox roster, and at the same time the two teams are playing a series against each other.

Speaking of Matsuzaka, he spent some time in the bullpen on the 28th: after throwing 78 warm-up pitches, he sat the catcher down and threw an additional 30 pitches or so, focusing primarily on his change-up.