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6/11/2011: Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Jun.11, 2011 @ 6:47 pm, under MLB

Games from the 10th:

Oakland A's 7 - Chicago White Sox 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted batted fifth.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to second, walk, single to right, strikeout swinging, RBI single to center.

Baltimore Orioles 7 - Tampa Bay Rays 0
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Baltimore up 5-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 11-10 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Kansas City Royals 4 - LA Angels 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the Angels down 4-2, and tossed 2 shutout innings in relief.  Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 31-21 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 9 - Minnesota Twins 3
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with Texas up 9-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 11-8 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Philadelphia Phillies 7 - Chicago Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to left, infield single, strikeout swinging, walk, fly out to left.

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Fort Myers Miracle 7 - Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to right (run scored), single to center, reaches on fielder's choice (RBI), ground out to short.

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Ichiro Suzuki sat out on the 10th (first time in 256 games).  Seattle Mariners' manager Eric Wedge spoke to Ichiro after Thursday's game and told him of the decision.  Ichiro is expected to be back in the starting line-up on Satruday (6/11).

Said Ichiro, "There's no reason to play just for the sake of playing.  What's important is being needed, so [sitting out today] really doesn't matter for me.  Although, it's too bad I missed my chance to become Cal Ripken.  That said, it is very frustrating for me that I can't do more for the team."

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The New York Times posted a graphic that shows Kei Igawa was paid US$641,860 per inning he pitched between 2007 and 2011 (71.2 innings).  via Daily Sports

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from Pioneer Press's John Shipley:

Mauer hasn't played since April 12 because of leg weakness and a sore right shoulder. He and infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- out since April 7 because of a broken leg -- will play with the Miracle through Sunday, after which the team will assess each situation.

"We're very anxious to get both players back," general manager Bill Smith said, "but we don't want to do that until they're ready to succeed at this level."

Gardenhire said he'd like both players to make a final tuneup with Class AAA Rochester before rejoining the big league club. Both were batting .200 with Fort Myers heading into Thursday night's game.

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The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka, from ESPN's Allan Ryan:

Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka underwent Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles.

The surgery was performed by specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum.

"Dr. Yocum said he was real pleased with how it went," manager Terry Francona said. "(Matsuzaka's) got another appointment with Dr. Yocum in 10 days and, after that, we'll see if he can start doing some things to get started on his journey back."

And whatever Matsuzaka can get started on, he'll be doing it in Boston.

"(Dice-K) understands, and probably agrees, that he needs to stay in Boston," Francona said. "It's not like he can just go home. Keeping track of things is so important."