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8/11/2010: Hideki Okajima, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Aug.11, 2010 @ 11:41 pm, under MLB

Games from the 10th:

Mariners 2 - Athletics 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went: 1-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to short, infield single, ground out to second.

Angels 3 - Royals 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went: 0-for-3: sac fly, ground out to second, fly out to left, ground out to first.

Red Sox 7 - Blue Jays 5
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 4 runs 6 hits (including 2 homers) and 3 walks over 5.2 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 5.2 IP, 27 BF, 6 H, 7 SO, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.

Cubs 8 - Giants 6
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted fifth.  He went: 2-for-5: 2-run homer, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, fly out to left, single to left.

Mets 1 - Rockies 0
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th with the Mets up 1-0 and tossed a perfect inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.


Kazuo Matsui went 2-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored, and an RBI against the triple-A Oklahoma City RedHawks on the 10th.  Matsui started at short and batted ninth.


Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-4 with a walk and 2 runs scored against the triple-A Norfolk Tides on the 10th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.


Hideki Okajima (right hamstring strain) joined up with the team for practice at Toronto on the 10th.  Okajima didn't work out with the main group of pitchers and instead stuck to his own rehab training, which included some running and playing catch at distances of about 20 meters.


Koji Uehara told reporters that he wanted to keep playing baseball next season, even if it meant a return to Japan.  At this point, it seems he's willing to play with any team that wants him and doesn't mind a role in the bullpen, if that's the only spot that's available to him.

The biggest concern for MLB clubs appears to be how prone he is to injuries.