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5/20/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kenshin Kawakami

by on May.20, 2010 @ 5:31 pm, under MLB

Games from the 19th:

Blue Jays 3 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to third, ground out to second, fly out to short, RBI single to center, fly out to right.

The Mariners are currently in the middle of a 5-game losing streak.

Angels 3 - White Sox 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout, fly out to center, ground out to second.  Matsui has been held hitless in his last three games.

Rangers 4 - Orioles 3
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 8th with the score tied at 3 and did not allow a run in 0.2 innings of work.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Cubs 4 - Phillies 1
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the 9th as a defensive replacement in right in the 9th.  He did not have a chance to hit.

Braves 5 - Reds 4
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and did not get a decision despite tossing 6 shutout innings (the game was decided in the 9th).  Final line: 5 IP, 24 BF, 5 H, 5 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Kawakami is still looking for his first victory of the year (he's currently 0-6).

Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th with the Braves up, 4-0.  Saito ended up allowing three runs in his 0.1 innings of work.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 4 BF, 3 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.

This was Saito's third straight appearance in as many days.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 76 pitches (all from the wind) in the bullpen on the 19th in preparation for his start on the 22nd against the Phillies.

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Hideki Matsui will likely play left field in at least one of the three games against the Cardinals during a three game series that begins on the 21st at Busch Stadium.

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Akinori Iwamura got the day off on the 19th to rest his right hamstring.