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8/18/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Takashi Saito

by on Aug.18, 2010 @ 2:34 pm, under MLB

Games from the 17th:

Mariners 4 - Orioles 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: foul out to left, fly out to center, fly out to left, infield single, single to left.  Ichiro also stole his 30th base of the season after his single in the 9th inning.

Red Sox 6 - Angels 0
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3: single to center, ground out to first, walk, single to right.

Braves 10 - Nationals 2
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th with the Braves up 8-2 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Padres 1 - Cubs 0
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: line out to third, DP, ground out to short, walk.

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Kei Igawa tossed two shutout innings (6th and 7th) in relief against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 17th.  Final line: 21-17 NP-S, 7 BF, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Kenshin Kawakami was the starting pitcher against the triple-A Norfolk Tides on the 17th and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 4 innings of work.  Final line: 69-40 NP-S, 16 BF, 4 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

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Ryohei Tanaka tossed a shutout inning (6th inning) in relief against the double-A Trenton Thunder on the 17th and picked up his 6th win of the season.  Tanaka is now 6-11 on the year.  Final line: 3 BF, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Ryota Igarashi was called back up the MLB roster on the 17th.  Since he was on the road with Buffalo, he had to rush back to Buffalo and then head to Houston -- he was in the bullpen in the middle of the third inning.

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Assuming no setbacks, Hideki Okajima is hoping to make it back to the MLB roster on the 22nd.  Okajima threw 45 pitches in the bullpen on the 17th.

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Senichi Hoshino was at the Mariners - Orioles games the other day with the Japanese team playing at the Cal Ripken World Series.  Before the game, Hoshino was able to meet up with Ichiro Suzuki and Koji Uehara.  He also had a chance to talk to former Chunichi player (and now Mariners' batting coach) Alonzo Powell.

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Masumi Kuwata dropped by Fenway Park and had a chance to meet with both Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.  It was Kuwata's first visit to Fenway Park.

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Kento Tsujimoto tossed a shutout inning in relief against the Yuma Scorpions on the 16th.  Final line: 3 BF, 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO.