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5/14/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on May.14, 2011 @ 2:04 pm, under MLB

From games on the 13th:

Cleveland Indians 5 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: fly out to center, walk, ground out to second, ground out to second.

Chicago White Sox 4 - Oakland A's 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to right, pop out to first, single to center (run scored), strikeout swinging.

Chicago Cubs 11 - San Francisco Giants 4
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 7th and went 1-for-1: walk (run scored), infield single (run scored).

NY Mets 6 - Houston Astros 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with runners on second and third, no out, and the Mets down 2-0.  Igarashi faced three batters and only managed to retire only one: RBI single to left; reach on fielding error (E3) and run scored; ground out to third.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 3 BF, 9-6 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Trenton Thunder 5 - Binghamton Mets 3
Kei Igawa started the game and gave up 2 runs over 6 innings of work for his second victory of the year (2-1).  Final line: 6 IP, 21 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO, 1 HR.

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Nikkan Sports posted the following comments about Hideki Matsui from Chicago White Sox Advance Scout Bryan Little:

He looks like he's in great shape, as good as he's ever been over the last few years.  His legs appear to be ok and he's got a sharp looking swing. ... Some say he might be on his way down, but he's still got some pop. ... He's been labeled [as someone that can't hit lefties].  But I think if he got more at bats against them, the numbers would follow.

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Hiroki Kuroda's next start will either be shifted from the 16th to the 17th.  Seems the Dodgers want to give Kuroda an extra day of rest because he threw 113 pitches during his last start.