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8/13/2010: Kosuke Fukudome, Kenshin Kawakami, Ryota Igarashi

by on Aug.13, 2010 @ 2:34 pm, under MLB

Games from the 12th:

Giants 8 - Cubs 7
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-5: strikeout swinging, single to right, strikeout swinging, RBI double to right-center, ground out to first.

Fukudome is now just one hit away from 1,500 career NPB + MLB hits.


Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-4 with a walk against the triple-A Norfolk Tides on the 12th.  He started at third and batted second.

Sponichi also has an article that mentions Iwamura considered retirement at one point (doesn't really specify when) but decided to keep going.  The article also mentions that when Iwamura accepted his demotion to the minor leagues, he also decided to go it without an interpreter.  And it seems this move has helped Iwamura build more confidence in himself.


Kenshin Kawakami gave up 2 runs (one earned) on 5 hits (including a solo homer) against the triple-A Rochester Red Wings on the 12th.  Kawakami took the loss and is now 0-1 in three triple-A starts.  Final line: 59 (35) NP (S), 17 BF, 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.


Ryota Igarashi was added to the MLB roster on the 12th.  Igarashi told reporters he was able to make the adjustments he needed to make and that he was now throwing the ball in a manner in which he wanted to.

2 comments on “8/13/2010: Kosuke Fukudome, Kenshin Kawakami, Ryota Igarashi

  1. JasonP

    Iwamura and Kaz Matsui must be making some REALLY good money right now, otherwise, I’m surprised they haven’t just gone back to Japan and finished off their careers there. Especially Matsui who has never done particularly well in MLB.

    1. Gen Post author

      I think that just shows you it isn’t necessarily about the money, but rather about not wanting to give up their dreams / goals.

      Although, I’m guessing the $4.85M Iwamura is making can’t hurt. Kaz is a slightly different story since he’s signed to a minor league deal.

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