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4/30/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima

by on Apr.30, 2011 @ 1:15 pm, under MLB

Games from the 29th:

Seattle Mariners 5 - Boston Red Sox 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: fly out to left, fly out to left, single to center (run scored), single to left (run scored), walk.  Ichiro's first three at bats were against Daisuke Matsuzaka; his fifth at bat was against Hideki Okajima in the 8th.  This was Ichiro's 13th multi-hit game of the season.

Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and left in the 5th inning (left after facing one batter, Ichiro, in the 5th) with tightness in his right elbow.  Final line: 4 IP, 19 BF, 82-46 NP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.

Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th, with the Red Sox down 5-4, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 21-11 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 4 - Arizona Diamondback 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-5: ground out to second, fly out to left, strike out looking, ground out to short, strikeout swinging.

Philadelphia Phillies 10 - New York Mets 3
Ryota Igatashi entered the game in the 7th, with the Mets down 8-0, and allowed 5 of 7 batters to reach and score two runs before being yanked from the game with the bases loaded and 2 out.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 7 BF, 26-11 NP-S, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Round Rock Express 5 - Memphis Redbirds 4
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 10, with the game tied at 4, and tossed 2 shutout innings. Final line: 2 IP, 6 BF, 26-17 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka isn't too worried about his right elbow.  Said Matsuzaka, "I started feeling some tightness [in the elbow] after the game started.  But it wasn't like I couldn't pitch.  And it isn't like it suddenly got tight on me in the 5th inning.  The manager decided to play it safe.  I'm not too worried about it."

A report at WEEI.com also confirms this.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka continues to show good progress with his rehab work.  A recent update from an article posted at the Minnesota Twins website:

"Nishioka is doing great," Twins head trainer Rick McWane said. "We'll decide after the X-ray what the next step for him will be. He's progressed from the pool to dry land. He did some running on a treadmill yesterday. He did OK with that. He's done some swinging in the cages and he's getting really close to turning it up a little bit."

(via Nikkan Sports)

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Takashi Saito suffered an injury during his rehab outing at Triple-A Nashville.  Saito pitched in a game against the Albuquerque Isotopes on the 28th; he entered in the 7th and was removed from the game after getting two outs in the inning.  According to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog post, Saito suffered a left oblique injury, not a hamstring injury.  (via Nikkan Sports)