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5/26/2010: Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa, Keiichi Yabu

by on May.26, 2010 @ 5:05 pm, under MLB

Games from the 25th:

Angels 8 - Blue Jays 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 6th.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout swinging, walk, strikeout swinging, single to center.  Matsui has now hit safely in four straight games.

Mariners 5 - Tigers 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to first, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, strikeout looking.  Ichiro's 7-game hitting streak came to an end.

Pirates 2 - Reds 1
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: line out to the pitcher, GIDP, fly out to left, triple to center.  Iwamura has hit safely in three straight games.

Marlins 6 - Braves 4
Kenshin Kawakami started his 9th game of the season and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits (including a homer) over 6 innings of work.  Kawakami took the loss and is now 0-7 on the year.  Final line: 6 IP, 24 BF, 7 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.

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Koji Uehara is back on the DL.  The Orioles placed Uehara on the 15-day DL on the 25th due to pain in his right elbow.

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Junichi Tazawa checked in with the Red Sox at their St. Petersburg facilities on the the 25th.  Since getting TJ surgery back in April, Tazawa has been undergoing rehab treatment in Fort Myers -- from 7:30am to 4:00pm.  Tazawa also added weight training to his workouts about three weeks ago.

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41-year-old Keiichi Yabu is looking to make a comeback and has expressed an interest to return to the Majors by starting out with an Independent League club.  But there's also a chance he'll simply return to the NPB as well.

If that isn't possible, a return to the NPB would likely be his next choice.  While the Hanshin Tigers might seem like a fit, Yabu didn't rule out the possibility of going to another NPB team.

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Hideki Irabu was arrested on suspicions of driving while drunk in Los Angeles on the 17th -- it seems he was weaving while driving and almost collided into a park car.  Irabu posted $5,000 bail.

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The first tally of the NL All-Star balloting was posted at MLB.comAkinori Iwamura and Kosuke Fukudome are nowhere on the list (understandable, given their performances so far).