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5/12/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Toshihisa Nishi, Hisanori Takahashi

by on May.12, 2010 @ 7:18 pm, under MLB

Games from the 11th:

Mariners 5 - Orioles 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, ground out to the pitcher, intentional walk, double to right, single to left.

Rays 7 - Angels 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to first, walk (RBI).

Red Sox 6 - Blue Jays 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up a run over 6 innings of work.  Final line: 7 IP, 24 BF, 3 H, 9 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

Speaking after the game, Matsuzaka told reporters that he felt he had his best fastball since he started playing in Japan.

Hideki Okajima tossed a perfect eighth.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Marlins 3 - Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-3: infield single, ground out to first, infield single, walk.

Reds 9 - Pirates 0
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, ground out to third.

Astros 6 - Cardinals 3
Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: hit by pitch, strike out swinging, ground out to short, ground out to second.

Mets 8 - Cardinals 6
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the sixth, with the Mets down 5-1, and tossed two shutout innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Braves 11 - Brewers 3
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th, with the score 10-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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The big Matsui figure (10m high) that stood in Shinjuku back in April touched down near Angels Stadium.  Nearly 6,000 fans wrote messages in support of Hideki Matsui.

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Toshihisa Nishi's last couple of games:

5/10 vs the Camden Riversharks - started at second and batted ninth, 2-for-4

5/11 vs the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs - started at second and batted ninth, 1-for-4, 1 R