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10/4/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Ryota Igarashi

by on Oct.04, 2010 @ 1:44 pm, under MLB

Games from the 3rd:

Athletics 3 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: line out to the pitcher, fly out to left, 2-run double to right, single to center, fly out to left.

Ichiro ends the season with 214 hits.  This also marks the 7th time (5th in a row) in his 10 year MLB career that he finished the year with the most hits in the league

Angels 6 - Rangers 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 2-for-3: ground out to first, 2-run homer (21), single to right.  The Angels set in a pinch-runner for Matsui after his single in the 7th.

Matsui is now just 1 hit away from 3,500 NPB + MLB career hits.

Nationals 2 - Mets 1
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th and did not give up a run in his inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Igarashi has not allowed a run in his last 5 straight appearances.

Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th, with the score tied 1-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 H, 1 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.


The Dodgers may be thinking about giving Hiroki Kuroda a contract extension.  Seems the front office first brought up the issue in talks with Kuroda two weeks ago.  Kuroda told reporters that he was happy about feeling needed and that he wanted to take some time to make a decision he won't regret.


Koji Uehara told reporters that while his first option was to stay in the Majors, he was also open to returning to Japan if he got serious offers.


Akinori Iwamura said that the only thing left for him to do now, was to wait for the offers to come in.  And just as before, he said that he'll play wherever he feels needed, be that in Japan or the US.


Seems Ichiro is impressed with Matt Murton's 210 hit season.  Said Ichiro, "It's not like this is Mauer going to Japan and hitting."  Ichiro also apparently jokingly asked what happened to Norichika Aoki.

After talking about the Murton and Aoki, Ichiro pointed out that while Japanese people may be thinking they're closing the gap between the NPB and the MLB, they still shouldn't think too lightly about the Majors.