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6/3/2010: Hisanori Takahashi, Keiichi Yabu, Hideki Matsui

by on Jun.03, 2010 @ 3:14 pm, under MLB

Games from the 2nd:

Angels 7 - Royals 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, fly out to left, RBI single to right, line out to first, walk.

Mariners 2 - Twins 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, strikeout swinging, walk-off RBI infield single.

Red Sox 6 - Athletics 4
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and allowed three runs over 6.2 innings of work.  Matsuzaka got the win and improved to 4-2.  Final line: 6.2 IP, 30 BF, 10 H, 7 SO, 1 BB, 3 R, 3 ER.

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Hisanori Takahashi tossed 44 pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dan Warthen and found that he was apparently leaning a little to the left.  It seems Takahashi is also working on a new type of two-seam fastball.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted first in a triple-A game against the Reno Aces on the 2nd.   He went 0-for-4 with an RBI.

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Keiichi Yabu took off for Arizona from Kansai Airport yesterday.  Yabu apparently decided that he might have a better shot at catching the eye of a scout if he continued his training in the Sta

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Not that anyone is keeping track of this stuff, but a sports' news report last night mentioned that Hideki Matsui was the first Japanese player to have a hit reviewed by umps.