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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.