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5/1/2010: Hideki Matsui one away from 1,500 RBI; Ichiro collects 33 hits in April

by on May.01, 2010 @ 5:04 pm, under MLB

Games from the 30th:

Tigers 10 - Angels 6
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-4: RBI ground out to second, ground out to first, single to center, ground out to second.

Matsui is now sitting at 1,499 career NPB / MLB RBI.

Rangers 2 - Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-5: infield single, single to left, foul out to third, strike out swinging, single to left.

Ichiro finishes out the month of April with 33 hits.

Orioles 5 - Red Sox 4
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the middle of the 10th with the scored tied at 4 and faced one batter and struck him out.

Dodgers 6 - Pirates 2
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: double to left, strike out swinging, fly out to center, ground out to short.

Cubs 11 - Diamondbacks 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-3: ground out to second DP, solo homer, single to center, walk, walk.

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Toshihisa Nishi started at second and batted ninth in a game against the Newark Bears on the 29th and went 0-for-2 with a walk.

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Hideki Matsui's book Shinen-wo Tsuranuku (信念を貫く) sold 78,000 copies in one month after hitting bookstore shelves on 3/17.  While the number may not seem overly impressive, it actually is -- books that sell over 50,000 copies in its first month are considered hits.  And it seems the popularity of the book could lead to it heading over to the US.

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Nikkan Sports is giving away a Daisuke Matsuzaka autographed t-shirt and baseball to its reader.  Information on how to enter will be included in a two-part interview that will be appearing during the weekend (5/1 and 5/2).