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5/20/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on May.20, 2011 @ 1:30 pm, under MLB

From games on the 19th:

Seattle Mariners 2 - LA Angels 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, ground out to first, ground out to second, intentional walk.

Minnesota Twins 11 - Oakland A's 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, DP, walk (run scored), ground out to first.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Florida Marlins 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: reaches on E6, ground out to second, walk, ground out to third, single to right (run scored).

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Daisuke Matsuzaka may be thinking about getting a second opinion on his right elbow.  But as of Thursday (19th) afternoon, he had yet to receive one.  A snip from a WEEI report:

Francona noted on Thursday that although the team has its own method for administering such tests, a player will never be discouraged from getting another opinion from an outside doctor.

“That’s certainly something that is always open to a player,” said the Sox skipper. “We actually – I don’t know if recommend is the right word – but certainly agree. We always want a player to feel confident in what’s going on moving forward. We will help him with that if that’s what he wants to do. Everything’s been sent to his representatives and all that type of stuff.”

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 19th in preparation for his next start on the 22nd.

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Hideki Okajima was designated for assignment on the 19th (after the Red Sox made a deal for Franklin Morales).