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4/24/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Apr.24, 2011 @ 1:32 pm, under MLB

Games from the 23rd:

Oakland A's 9 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, single to left, double to right, single to left.  This was Ichiro's 2nd straight multi-hit game and 9th of the season.

Hideki Matsui (OAK) was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, walk (run scored), strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging.

Boston Red Sox 5 - LA Angels 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and tossed 8 shutout innings for his second victory of the year.  He is now 2-2.  Final line: 8 IP, 28 BF, 115-78 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 10 - LA Dodgers 8
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th and walked and scored a run.  He did not take the field in the top of the 9th.

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Oklahoma City RedHawks 5 - Round Rock Express 0
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 8th and tossed 2 shutout innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 10 BF, 42-26 NP-S, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 1 HBP.

Erie SeaWolves 15 - Bowie Baysox 6
Ryohei Tanaka entered the game in the 5th with runners on first and second, 2 out, and Bowie down 10-5.  In addition to the 4 runs he gave up over 1.1 innings of work, Tanaka also allowed one of the inherited runners to score before getting out of the 5th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 9 BF, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka latest blog update (from 4/23) says he's able to walk a lot lately and that the only thing he's waiting for now is the bone to heal.  From the sounds of it, he also returned to Japan.  (via Nikkan Sports)

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Kenshin Kawakami told the Birmingham News he was shocked about his demotion to Double-A. (via Nikkan Sports)

"To be honest, I didn't expect to be in this situation," Kawakami said through a translator. "For me, the only shocking part was skipping Triple A down to Double A. But there must be reasons for that. Nothing disappointing.

"But at the same time, I've been treated so well from coaches and managers and players. They are working hard with me so I can get back to the major leagues. I just need to work on my own abilities."

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ESPN's Jim Caple has posted an article on the relationship between Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui.  It's an interesting. (via Nikkan Sports)