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6/16/2010: Kenshin Kawakami, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui

by on Jun.16, 2010 @ 4:31 pm, under MLB

Games from the 15th:

Brewers 7 - Angels 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, fly out to left, infield single, walk.  The Angels sent in a pinch-runner for Matsui after his walk in the 9th.

Cardinals 4 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to first, strikeout swinging, infield single, fly out to left, ground out to short.

Red Sox 6 - Diamondbacks 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 6th with 2 outs and a runner on first (Boston was up 6-3 at the game).  Final line: 0.2 IP, 3 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

White Sox 6 - Pirates 4
Akinori Iwamura entered the game as pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 6th for the pitcher and hit a double to right.  Iwamura did not return to the game in the top of the 7th on defense.

Athletics 9 - Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th and hit an infield single.

Dodgers 12 - Reds 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and tossed 5 shutout innings for his 6th win of the year.  Kuroda is now 6-4.  Final line: 5 IP, 20 BF, 3 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Rays 10 - Braves 4
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and gave up 5 runs over 5 innings and dropped his 9th straight decision.  Final line: 5 IP, 27 BF, 7 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 5 R, 2 ER.  Kawakami is still looking for his first win of the year.


Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second in a triple-A game against the Tacoma Rainiers on the 15th.  He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.


Daisuke Matsuzaka started playing catch on the 15th (about 15  minutes).


With rumors of a possible trade in the works, Kosuke Fukudome told reporters that he never really thought about getting traded before.  When asked about rumors involving the Red Sox and Yankees, Fukudome said that he didn't think it would be a bad trade for him because both teams were strong.

Fukudome also mentioned that his old batting coach from his Chunichi days, Kyosuke Sasaki, visited him recently.


Former Nippon Ham Fighter Brian Sweeney, now on the Seattle Mariners, was called up to the Majors on the 15th.