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5/19/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Toshihisa Nishi, Kazuo Matsui

by on May.19, 2010 @ 4:30 pm, under MLB

Games from the 18th:

Athletics 6 - Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, walk, single to left, intentional walk, ground out to first.

Rangers 8 - Angels 7
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, walks, fly out to center.

Red Sox 7 - Yankees 6
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th and could not get out of the inning.  The inning started off well for Okajima, as he fanned the first two batters he faced.  But then he allowed a single and a walk and was yanked from the game.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Cubs 6 - Rockies 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: walk, ground out to short, RBI single to center, strikeout swinging, fly out to second.  Fukudome also stole a base in the first after reaching on a walk.

Pirates 2 - Phillies 1
Akinori Iwamura entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 7th with 1 out and a runner on second.  Iwamura ended up grounding out to second.  He did not return to the game after the at bat.

Braves 3 - Mets 2
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Dodgers 7 - Astros 3
Hiroki Kuroda (LAD) started the game and picked up his 5th win of the season.  Final line: 6 IP, 25 BF, 7 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.

Kazuo Matsui (HOU) started at second and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second, ground out to second.  Matsui has not recorded a hit in his last 21 trips to the plate.

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Seems Daisuke Matsuzaka was involved in a four-person meeting that involved himself, catcher Victor Martinez, pitching coach John Farrell, and manager Terry Francona.  There was some concern that there might be a rift developing between Matsuzaka and Martinez after their last game on the 17th (Matsuzaka shook off some signs during the game and they both took seemingly veiled shots at each after the game).

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Toshihisa Nishi's last couple of games:

5/12 vs Southern Maryland Blue Crabs - started at second and batted ninth, 2-for-3, 3 R, RBI

5/14 vs Camden Riversharks - started at second and batted ninth, 2-for-3, R

5/15 vs Camden Riversharks - started at second and batted eighth, 1-for-4

5/17 vs Southern Maryland Blue Crabs - started at second and batted ninth, 1-for-3

Nishi has hit safely in his last 6 games.