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5/18/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on May.18, 2011 @ 3:21 pm, under MLB

Games from the 17th:

Minnesota Twins 2 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, ground out to first, RBI single to center, line out to left.

Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 10-9 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Oakland A's 14 - LA Angels 0
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth. He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, fly out to right, double (10) to left (run scored), fly out to left, ground out to second.

Cincinnati Reds 7 - Chicago Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to center, ground out second, fly out to left, walk, infield single.

Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - Milwaukee Brewers 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and tossed 7.2 shutout innings (left in the top of the 8th with a runner on third and 2 out) for his 5th win of the year (5-3).  Final line: 7.2 IP, 30 BF, 106-71 NP-S, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka had an MRI on his right elbow and was diagnosed with a sprain.  He'll be placed on the 15-day DL on the 18thA snip from a Boston Herald update:

Matsuzaka allowed five runs on five hits and seven walks Monday night against the Orioles, and after the Red Sox rallied for an improbable 8-7 victory, manager Terry Francona said Matsuzaka "just didn't look completely right." Matsuzaka has made two starts since April 29, when he left in the fifth inning with right elbow stiffness. At the time, he downplayed the problem, insisting it was nothing that would keep him sidelined. Francona said the Red Sox aren't certain the sprain is related to that stiffness, but "it's hard to imagine it's not."

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The Milwaukee Brewers still don't know when Takashi Saito will be able to return.  Manager Ron Roenicke told reporters that while Saito was no longer feeling pain, he was still feeling some stiffness in his left oblique and was only at about 50-60%.  He also said that Saito was playing catch at about 90-100 feet (27-30 meters).