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8/31/2010: Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Aug.31, 2010 @ 5:02 pm, under MLB

Games from the 30th:

Angels 5 - Mariners 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-2: walks, DP, 2-run homer, walk.

Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, single to center, line out to short, ground out to second.  Ichiro also stole two bases and now has 34 on the year.

Count down to 200: 31 games remaining, 33 more hits needed.

Dodgers 3 - Phillies 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and had a no-hitter going into the 8th, but gave up a single to Shane Victorino with a runner on first and 1 out. Kuroda got the win and improved to 10-11 on the year. Final line: 7.2 IP, 26 BF, 1 H, 7 SO, 3 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Braves 9 - Mets 3
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th with the Mets down 9-3 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.


Kazuo Matsui went 1-for-5 with a strikeout against the triple-A Tacoma Rainiers on the 30th.  Matsui started at second and batted first.


Akinori Iwamura went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, a run scored, two RBI, and a walk against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 30th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.


Kenshin Kawakami was recalled to the MLB roster on the 30th.  Seems Kawakami wasn't expecting the call-up and was a bit surprised because he thought the team was doing well.


Sponichi sat down with Hideki Matsui for an interview and here are a few things that were revealed:

  • Matsui has no interest in returning to Japan.  To be more specific, he doesn't think he can because of all the artificial turf being used in Japan (10 out of the 12 clubs use artificial turf).  He added that he probably wouldn't last a week at Ichi-gun because his knees would act up, even as a DH (his reasoning, DH's still need to run the bases).  So it isn't so much that he doesn't want to return to Japan, but rather that he doesn't think he can because of his knees.
  • Regarding his knees: Matsui said that they were great shape and that he didn't go a day without making sure he received proper treatment.
  • Regarding the current season: he hasn't really felt great this season and that between this year and last year, these have been the two most trying seasons for him (outside of the time he spent on the DL).
  • Regarding the possibility of retirement: anything is possible, but retirement is not something he's going to think about during the middle of the season.