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6/2/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Koji Uehara, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jun.02, 2011 @ 3:33 pm, under MLB

Games from the 1st:

Baltimore Orioles 2 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, single to left (steals second), ground out to first, strikeout looking.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of  the 8th, with Baltimore up 2-1, and retired the side in order; he also struck out Ichiro.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 12-10 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Houston Astros 3 - Chicago Cubs 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: home to center (2), ground out to short, line out to left, ground out to first.

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Lynchburg Hillcats 9 - Salem Red Sox 7
Junichi Tazawa started the game and tossed 2 shutout innings.  Final line: 7 BF, 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.  He also topped out at 91mph (~146km/h).

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American League All-Star balloting update: Ichiro Suzuki is in 4th for outfielders with 674,406 votes.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 0-for-4 during a minor league practice game on the 1st.  Nishioka told reporters that while his performance wasn't very good, the fact he didn't feel any pain was a big positive.  He also managed to play into the 7th.

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The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka, from NECN.com's Sean McAdam:

It's possible that Daisuke Matsuzaka has thrown his last pitch as a member of the Red Sox.

After some consultation, Matsuzaka has decided to have season-ending Tommy John surgery on his ailing right elbow and plans to soon tell the Red Sox that, an industry source confirmed late Wednesday night.

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Like Red Sox medical director Dr. Tom Gill, Youcum saw a slight tear and told Matsuzaka that one option would be to put off surgery and see if some extended down time along with strengthening the muscles around the elbow could solve the problem. Youcum also acknowledged that Matsuzaka might ultimately require surgery if the prescribed rest and rehab failed to heal the elbow.

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It's possible that the mistrust that stemmed from that conflict informed Matsuzaka's decision, and, at the very least, led him to get a second opinion.

As recently as Wednesday, the Red Sox were publicly hopeful that Matsuzaka could avoid the procedure.