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5/28/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Hisanori Takahashi

by on May.28, 2011 @ 3:34 pm, under MLB

Games from the 27th:

Seattle Mariners 4 - New York Yankees 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to short, strikeout looking, double to left (run scored), RBI ground out to short.

Oakland A's 6 - Baltimore Orioles 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3: RBI single to left, line out to right, walk, intentional walk, strikeout swinging.

LA Angels 6 - Minnesota Twins 5
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 6th (2 out, runners on first and second) with the Orioles down 4-0 and gave up a run over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 29-18 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Kansas City Royals 12 - Texas Rangers 7
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 12th (2 out, runner on third) with the score tied at 7 and did not allow a run over 1.1 innings of work.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 5 BF, 17-12 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 - Chicago Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: reaches on E5, ground out to second, strikeout looking, walk.

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Indianapolis Indians 6 - Pawtucket Red Sox 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th, with Pawtucket up 3-1, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 14-10 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

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Frederick Keys 10 - Salem Red Sox 3
Junichi Tazawa started the game and gave up 8 runs (all earned) over 3.1 innings of work.  He took the loss and is now 0-1 on the year.  Final line: 3.1 IP, 21 BF, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO, 3 HR.

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Ichiro Suzuki gained a hit after a fielder's choice from a game on the 22nd (vs San Deigo Padres, second at bat) was revised into an infield hit.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from MLB.com:

Nishioka, who fractured his left fibula on April 7, is slated to play five innings at shortstop while getting a few at-bats in his first game in Fort Myers, Fla. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the club still isn't sure how many games Nishioka will need before he returns, but he'd like to see him get at least 50 at-bats in the Minors.

"He's just now getting started," Gardenhire said. "They did another X-ray and everything looked great so he got the OK to go. He's fired up and has been doing a lot of drills at shortstop."

That first game will be on the 28th in an extended spring training game.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka has started tweeting (in Japanese).