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8/26/2010: Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Aug.26, 2010 @ 1:15 pm, under MLB

Games from the 25th:

Angels 12 - Rays 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-2: 3-run double to right, walk, walk, infield single.

Matsui has hit safely in 10 straight and has also surpassed Shigeo Nagashima in career hits (NPB + MLB) with 2,473 (he tied Nagashima yesterday).

Red Sox 5 - Mariners 3 (Game 1 Doubleheader)
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: infield single, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, ground out to third.

Ichiro's strikeout in the fourth inning (his second at bat) was the 1,000th of his career (333 NPB + 667 MLB).

Mariners 4 - Red Sox 2 (Game 2 Doubleheader)
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3 with a stolen base: E1, infield single, ground out to second, walks, intentional walk.

Ichiro has his safely in 9 straight games (including game 1 of the double header).

Count down to 200: 35 games remaining, 37 more hits needed.

Orioles 4 - White Sox 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th with the Orioles up 4-1 and gave up a run over an inning of work.  Uehara also notched his second save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 2 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

Cubs 4 - Nationals 0
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-2: walk, ground out to first, walk, fly out to center.

Fukudome's 5-game hitting streak also came to an end.

Dodgers 5 - Brewers 4
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and went 7 innings while giving up 4 runs on 7 hits for his 9th victory of the year.  Kuroda is now 9-11 on the year.  Final line: 7 IP, 26 BF, 7 H, 6 SO, 0 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.

Marlins 5 - Mets 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 7th with the Mets down 4-1 and gave up a run on 2 hits (one a triple) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 2 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

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Hideki Okajima gave up a run over an inning of work (6th inning) against the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on the 25th.  Final line: 13-10 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Kazuo Matsui entered the game as a defensive replacement at second in the top of the 9th in a game against the triple-A Salt Lake Bees on the 25th.  He did not have any chance to swing the bat.

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Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-2 with a run scored and 3 walks against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 25th.  Iwamura started at second and batted second.

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It seems Daisuke Matsuzaka will be skipping his next start on the 27th (vs the Rays) due to back pains.  It seems Matsuzaka started feeling back pains on the 25th while playing catch and had to stop throwing (he was also scheduled for a bullpen session that day but it was canceled).

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There were some rumors going around that the Yanks were interested in Hiroki Kuroda, but those rumors were squashed by the latest ESPN report that mentions Yanks' GM Brian Cashman saying that they would be going with what they currently have.