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6/8/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka records his 150 career NPB / MLB win

by on Jun.08, 2010 @ 2:49 pm, under MLB

Games from the 7th:

Mariners 4 - Rangers 2
Ichiro started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, walk, walk, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second.  Ichiro's hitting streak came to an end at 10 games.

Angels 4 - Athletics 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, ground out to the pitcher, single to left, strikeout swinging.

Red Sox 4 - Indians 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and tossed 8 shutout innings for his 150th NPB / MLB combined victory.  He also improved to 5-2 on the year.  Final line: 8.0 IP, 29 BF, 4 H, 5 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Matsuzaka recorded his 150th win in his 285th game and also became the quickest pitcher (NPB-wise) to achieve the feat since the two-league format began in 1950.  The previous record-holder was Fumiya Nishiguchi with 150 wins in 319 games.  Victor Starffin holds the All-time NPB record of 150 wins in 236 games.

Matsuzaka apparently gave the game-winning ball to his recently born daughter.

Cubs 6 - Pirates 1
Akinori Iwamura entered the game in the 6th as a pinch-hitter and walked.  He did not stay in the game for defense.


Ichiro continues to lead all AL outfielders in All-Star votes and now has 918,730 total votes.  Hideki Matsui is still in second place for Designated Hitters with 638,237.

Joe Mauer paces all AL players with 1,886,188 votes.


Takashi Saito played catch on the 7th for the first time since hurting his left hamstring (with the bullpen coach at a distance of about 15 meters).


Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted first against the triple-A Salt Lake Bees on the 7th.  He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base.


Kenshin Kawakami tossed about 40 pitches in a bullpen session on the 7th (or 6th) to see how his leg was feeling (he took a batted ball off his left shin during his last start).  Seems he's ok.

Kawakami will be going for his first victory in his 12th start.