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5/1/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Okajima, Hideki Matsui

by on May.01, 2011 @ 1:01 pm, under MLB

Games from the 30th:

Seattle Mariners 2 - Boston Red Sox 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-3: single to center (steals second), walks (run scored), ground out to second, walk, single to center (steals second).  Ichiro has hit safely in 8 straight games; has 4 straight multi-hit games; has a total 14 multi-hit games so far this season; and finished with 39 hits in the month of April.

Hideki Okajima (BOS) entered the game in the 7th and did not allow a run over 1.2 innings of work (he left in the 8th with no one on and 2 out).  Final line: 1.2 IP, 5 BF, 20-13 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 11 - Oakland A's 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: pop out to short, ground out to second, single to right, strikeout swinging.

Baltimore Orioles 6 - Chicago White Sox 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 8th, with the Orioles up 6-1, and gave up a run (on a solo homer) over 2 innings of work.  Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 33-25 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.

Tampa Bay Rays 2 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th, with the Angels down 1-0, and tossed 1.2 innings of shutout ball (he left in the 9th with a runner on second and 2 out).  Final line: 1.2 IP, 6 BF, 20-17 NP-S, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: ground out to short, ground out to second, fly out to left, strikeout looking, ground out to the pitcher (run scored).

SD Padres 5 - LA Dodgers 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 7 innings of work.  Final line: 7 IP, 27 BF, 100-68 NP-S, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR.

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Trenton Thunder 4 - New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1
Kei Igawa entered the game partway through the 5th (runner on second and 2 out; gets through inning without allowing inherited runner to score) and did not allow a run over 2.1 innings of work.  Final line: 2.1 IP, 8 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.  Igawa was credited with the win and is now 1-0 on the year.

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Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Daisuke Matsuzaka's right elbow.  His next start (scheduled for 5/5) will likely be pushed back.

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Takashi Saito won't be allowed to pitch for about 4-6 weeks due to a strained left oblique.  He also received a cortisone shot for the inflammation / pain on the 30th.

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Ryohei Tanaka was transferred to Single-A Aberdeen on the 4/29 (from Double-A Bowie).