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8/22/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome, Kei Igawa

by on Aug.22, 2010 @ 2:09 pm, under MLB

Games from the 21st:

Yankees 9 - Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-5: solo homer to right-center, solo homer to right-center, ground out to third, line out to first, single to left.

This was Ichiro's first two homer game since 5/15/2009 (vs Red Sox).

Angels 9 - Twins 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: single to center, walk, ground out to second, E8, fly out to right.

Red Sox 5 - Blue Jays 4
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 4 runs over 8 innings of work and was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 8 IP, 32 BF, 6 H, 8 SO, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.

Orioles 8 - Rangers 6
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief for his first save of the season.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Cubs 5 - Braves 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: double to left-center, ground out to short, walk, single to center, strikeout swinging.

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Baseball America's Best Tools report came out on the 19th.  Ichiro was rated number one in the following categories: Best Bunter, Best Baserunner, Best Defensive Outfielder, and Best Outfielder Arm.  He was also rated third in: Best Hit-And-Run Artist and Most Exciting Player.

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Hideki Okajima tossed a shutout inning in relief against the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on the 21st.  Final line: 5-4 NP-S, 3 BF, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Kei Igawa started a game against the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on the 21st and gave up 2 runs over 6.2 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 86-59 NP-S, 25 BF, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR.

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Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored against the triple-A Fresno Grizzlies on the 21st.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Ryohei Tanaka gave up a run in 1.2 innings of relief work (he entered the game in the 4th with a runner on third and 1 out and allowed the runner to score on a sac fly before getting out of the inning) against the double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels on the 21st.  Final line: 8 BF, 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.