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7/16/2010: Junichi Tazawa, Akinori Iwamura, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Jul.16, 2010 @ 2:52 pm, under MLB

Games from the 15th:

Angels - Mariners
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, infield single, foul out to the catcher.

Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 14 games: ground out to short, ground out to second, 3-run double to right-center, line out to third.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and a walk against the triple-A Rochester Red Wings on the 15th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Junichi Tazawa could begin playing catch again before the end of the month.  Tazawa has been working out at Fort Myers and is scheduled to get his right elbow checked out by Dr. James Andrews some time later this month.  Depending on the outcome of those results, Tazawa could begin a throwing program before the end of the month.

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Hiroki Kuroda held a bullpen session on the 15th in preparation for his next scheduled start on the 17th (vs the Cardinals).  Kuroda kept his bullpen session brief and stopped after 35 pitches.  Seems the fielding practice beforehand, coupled with the heat, was too much for Kuroda.

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Sounds like the Mets think Ryota Igarashi is ready for the triple-A and will be sending him to Buffalo to continue his workouts.

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Commissioner Ryozo Kato returned to Japan yesterday after holding a meeting with MLB commissioner Bud Selig.  Seems the two sides will be working on putting together a group of people (by some time in August) to look into the what it will take in order to hold a US-Japan World Series.  Jim Small (MLB Japan) will likely heads things up for the MLB.

Kato also apparently spoke to Robert DuPuy (MLB COO) about the importance of cooperation between the NPB and MLB in getting baseball back into the Olympics in 2020.