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6/6/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hisanori Takahashi, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jun.06, 2011 @ 3:20 pm, under MLB

Games on the 5th:

Seattle Mariners 9 - Tampa Bay Rays 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: strikeout looking, 2-run triple to right (run scored), line out to short, ground out to short, single to left.  Ichiro recorded his first hit in 18 trips to the plate.  He had also been held hitless through 3 games for the first time since 5/2007.

New York Yankees 5 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the top of the 7th with a runner on first, 2 out, and the Angels down 4-3.  He retired the one batter he faced, Mark Teixeira, on a ground out to third.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 3-2 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

St. Louis Cardinals 3 - Chicago Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: line out to left, ground out to second, sac bunt, walk, ground out to first.

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Hiroki Kuroda's next start will likely be on the 8th, against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Pioneer Press has the latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka:

Tsuyoshi Nishioka is scheduled to begin his minor league rehab assignment today with the Class A Fort Myers Miracle, marking the beginning of the final step in his recovery from the fractured left fibula he suffered back on April 7 at New York.

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When Nishioka returns to the big-league team, Gardenhire said it will be as the everyday shortstop. The manager hopes Alexi Casilla, who started the season as the shortstop, will continue his recent success at the plate and in the field as the team's second baseman.

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One of the concerns with Nishioka playing shortstop was his arm, deemed a weakness on long throws from the hole. But Gardenhire says he's confident Nishioka's arm is more than capable.

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Nishioka reportedly has gained arm strength while rehabbing in Fort Myers, something Gardenhire attributes to the infielder knowing he's moving from second to short. But the manager doesn't know much else, admitting that he's unsure what he'll get when he puts Nishioka at shortstop in the big leagues.

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And the latest Daisuke Matsuzaka links:

From the Boston Herald:

Matsuzaka will have surgery this week in Los Angeles to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. The procedure will require a recovery of 12-15 months, casting doubt on his future with the Red Sox. And yesterday, as he made his first public comments since opting for surgery, the right-hander confessed he feels "a little bit of anxiety."

"It's my first time to get an operation," Matsuzaka said through a translator, "and all I can say is I’m very shocked when it comes to these results."

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But Matsuzaka isn't ready to reminisce about his Red Sox career, especially since there's a chance he could return to pitch next season.

"I'm not thinking that way," he said. "I want to get back in the game. I'm sure I will come back to the Red Sox. If I don't, I'll talk about it then."

From NECN.com:

Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka officially confirmed his plans to undergo Tommy John surgery, but was still unclear as to when the procedure will be performed.

"It's to be decided -- we'll find it out on Monday," Matsuzaka said. "We'll find out everything on Monday. It's actually my first time to get an operation and all I can say is I'm very shocked when it comes to these results."

Although Matsuzaka told Nippon Sports that he was having the surgery more than 10 days ago, Matsuzaka Sunday insisted: "I decided to have the surgery the same day the team officially announced [Friday]."

And from the Boston Globe:

At 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Matsuzaka stood in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse and spoke to eight reporters about the reconstructive elbow surgery that could well end his career with the team after five largely disappointing seasons. Teammates passed by without glancing up. No team executives were present.

Matsuzaka gave tepid answers to a handful of questions. At several points, Japanese media liaison Mikio Yoshimura corrected the interpretation being done by Kenta Yamada as Matsuzaka stood between them.