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8/4/2010: Hisanori Takahashi, Kazuo Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.04, 2010 @ 10:36 pm, under MLB

Games from the 3rd:

Mariners 3 - Rangers 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: fly out to left, infield single, single to left, ground out to third.

Orioles 6 - Angels 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to short, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second, strikeout swinging.

Brewers 4 - Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game in the 7th as a pinch-hitter and hit his first homer (solo shot) since 7/6 (9th overall).  He did not return to the game on defense.


Kazuo Matsui went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored against the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on the 3rd.  Matsui started at short and batted first.


Hisanori Takahashi had a response to Ozzie Guillen's recent ramblings: Japanese player might have interpreters that follow them around, but there usually isn't a Japanese "community" within US teams.  That is, there usually aren't any players or coaches that can speak Japanese.  Takahashi also mentions that Japanese players also tend to crossover at a much older age when it's difficult to start picking up a new language.

In other words, Japanese players don't exactly have it easy either.  And the interpreters are more of a NEED than anything else.