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7/6/2010: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Okajima

by on Jul.06, 2010 @ 3:31 pm, under MLB

Games from the 5th:

White Sox 9 - Angels 2
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, fly out to left, ground out to second, walk.

This is the first time this season that Matsui has started in left two games in a row.

Royals 6 - Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: infield single, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to the pitcher.  Ichiro has now hit safely in 7 straight games.

Rays 6 - Red Sox 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 5 runs (4 earned) over 5 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 5 IP, 27 BF, 8 H, 4 SO, 4 BB, 5 R, 4 ER.

Tigers 12 - Orioles 9
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 5th, with the Orioles down 8-7, and gave up 2 runs over an inning of work.  Uehara did not factor into the final decision.  Final line: 1 IP, 7 BF, 3 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.

Cubs 9 - Diamondbacks 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-3: solo homer, strikeout looking, single to left, walk, walk.

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Terry Francona told reporters after Monday's game that Hideki Okajima had been feeling tightness in his back and was not in any condition to pitch.  Okajima's last appearance was on 6/29.  He was able to pitch in the bullpen on Monday without any problems and should be able to start pitching again beginning on the 6th.

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After his shortest outing of the season, Hiroki Kuroda did some shadow pitching on the 5th in order to check on his form.

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It seems Hisanori Takahashi will spend the rest of his time before the All-Star break pitching out of the bullpen.

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Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-1 with 2 walks in the first game of a double-header against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 5th.  He started at third and batted second.  Iwamura went 0-for-2 with a walk in the second game of the double-header; he started at third and batted second.

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Kazuo Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter (for the pitcher) in the 7th inning of a triple-A game against the Fresno Grizzlies on the 5th and flied out to left.