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9/7/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Akinori Iwamura, Kazuo Matsui

by on Sep.07, 2010 @ 5:29 pm, under MLB

Games from the 6th:

Athletics 6 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: E6, ground out to third, single to left, ground out to second.

Ichiro has hit safely in 8 straight games.

Count down to 200: 24 games remaining, 21 more hits needed.

Indians 3 - Angels 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3: walk, strikeout swinging, fly out to left, single to right.  Matsui was replaced by a pinch-runner after his single in last at bat.

Orioles 4 - Yankees 3
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief for his 7th save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Red Sox 12 - Rays 5
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 9th and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

This was Okajima's third appearance in as many days.  The last time he did that was back in 9/2008.

Nationals 13 - Mets 3
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 6th, with the Mets down 7-3, and gave up 5 runs over an inning of work.  Igarashi also served up a grand slam. Final line: 1 IP, 8 BF, 2 H, 1 SO, 3 BB, 5 R, 5 ER.

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Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-1 with a walk and strikeout against the triple-A Louisville Bats on the 6th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.  Iwamura was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 6th.

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According to Sports Hochi, both Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui could consider returning to the NPB next season.  Iwamura was also DFA'ed by the Indians on the 7th.

For Iwamura, it seems his ultimate desire is to play for a team that wants.  Matsui just wants a chance at playing everyday.

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Sponichi posted an article about Mac Suzuki that touches on how much he loves to play baseball and wants to keep playing for as long as possible.

Suzuki has played in a number of countries over the years, including Mexico, the US, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan.  Seems he also has his eye on playing in Korea and Italy.