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5/17/2011: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome

by on May.17, 2011 @ 1:38 pm, under MLB

Games from the 16th:

Seattle Mariners 5 vs Minnesota Twins 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to second, single to left (run scored), pop out to short, walk (caught stealing second).

Oakland A's 5 vs LA Angels 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-5: fly out to center, ground out to second, fly out to right, single to right, strikeout swinging.

Boston Red Sox 8 - Baltimore Orioles 7
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up 5 runs (all earned) over 4.1 inning of work (left in the top of the 5th with runners on first and second and 1 out -- both runners got on base via walk and both runners ended up scoring after his departure).  Final line: 4.1 IP, 25 BF, 106-57 NP-S, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the 8th, with the Orioles up 7-6, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 20-13 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Cincinnati Reds 7 - Chicago Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: strikeout swinging, ground out to second, reaches on FC, ground out to second, ground out t o second.

Florida Marlins 2 - New York Mets 1
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 11th, with the score tied at 1, and was saddled with his first loss of the season (2-1) after allowing the game-winning run to cross the plate.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 18-12 NP-S, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.


Hideki Matsui worked out for an extra 25 minutes after Sunday's game (he had just one pinch-hit at bat).  Matsui has started in only 2 of the team's last 6 games (not including the game from the 16th).


Kosuke Fukudome spent about 20 minutes in the indoor cages after he found out Sunday's game was rained out.


The New York Mets optioned Ryota Igarashi Tuesday (5/17) morning.  A snip from MLB.com's report:

Poor performance was also the rationale behind outrighting Igarashi, the losing pitcher in Monday's game. Bouncing between New York and Buffalo throughout the past year, Igarashi allowed runs in each of his final two games with the Mets.

"I completely understand the decision," Igarashi said through an interpreter. "I've given up a lot of walks recently and I've given up some runs, so I understand the decision."