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6/18/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Akinori Iwamura

by on Jun.18, 2010 @ 2:15 pm, under MLB

Games from the 17th:

Red Sox 8 - Diamondbacks 5
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th with the Red Sox up 6-4 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Cubs 3 - Athletics 2
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the 8th as a pinch-hitter for third baseman Jeff Baker and hit a single to center.  Fukudome took over in right in the top of the 9th and then hit a game-winning RBI single to right (with the bases loaded and 1 out) in the bottom of the 9th.


Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed 39 pitches (including his off-speed pitches) in the bullpen on the 17th (with the catcher squatting).  He threw most of his pitches out of the set position.  Matszuaka will likely pitch some more on the 19th, this time with hitters standing in the batter's box.


Sponichi mentions an ESPN article that talks about how the Angels might be an interesting fit for Akinori Iwamura.

From the ESPN article (by Mark Saxon):

With Maicer Izturis on the disabled list and Aybar's durability questionable because of a left knee injury, the Angels are ultra-thin on the infield. ...

If the Angels want a middle infielder, they could swing a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who just designated Akinori Iwamura for assignment.

None of the above are ideal options, but it might be better than what the Angels currently have. The key could be finances. The Angels don't appear to be in a spending mode, so the team that trades an expensive player might have to eat a lot of his salary.

Incidentally, Iwamura told the press that he doesn't want to become an "insurance policy" for the Pirates (or for any other team I would assume), although he does understand the reasoning.


Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Tacoma Rainiers on the 17th.  He started at second and batted second.