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6/13/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Jun.13, 2011 @ 4:17 pm, under MLB

Games from the 12th:

Seeatle Mariners 7 - Detroit Tigers 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, pop out to second, RBI single to left (run scored), ground out to first, single to center (run scored).

Chicago White Sox 5 - Oakland A's 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-3: sac fly to right, strike out swinging, fly out to left, ground out to short.  Matsui has now driven in at least one run in 4 consecutive games.

Kansas City Royals 9 - LA Angels 0
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the top of the 4th with a runner on second with 2 out (Angels down 5-0) and got out of the inning by picking off the running at second.  Takahashi retired the side in order in the 5th and then gave up a run on 2 hits before leaving with a runner on first and 2 out in the 6th.  Final line: 2.0 IP, 7 BF, 40-28 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Minnesota Twins 6 - Texas Rangers 1
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the bottom of the 7th and retired the one batter he faced on two pitches (fly out to center with runners on first and second, 2 out and the Rangers down 6-0).  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 2-2 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Chicago Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout looking, fly out to center, fly out to right, strikeout (foul tip).

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Toledo Mud Hens 6 - Rochester Red Wings 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: foul out to third, ground out to second, RBI double to right, single to center, GIDP.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5 - Syracuse Chiefs 4
Kei Igawa started the game and and gave up 2 runs (1 earned) over 6.2 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 6.2 IP, 27 BF, 93-56 NP-S, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, via Mainichi Daily News (Kyodo coverage):

Nishioka is scheduled to make two more appearances with Rochester before rejoining the Twins, who play the Chicago White Sox in a three-game homestand starting Tuesday.

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Takashi Saito was scratched from his rehab outing on the 12th with right shoulder tightness.  From MLB.com:

MILWAUKEE -- For the second time this season, Brewers reliever Takashi Saito went out to rehab an injury and returned with a different injury.

This time it's a tight right shoulder that sidelined Saito, who was supposed to pitch an inning for Class A Wisconsin on Sunday. He was scratched just before the Timber Rattlers' game and drove home to Miller Park to be examined by head team physician William Raasch.

Saito will be examined again on Monday, and barring any red flags he'll be sent to pitch Tuesday for Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers are trying to get him back for the start of their next homestand.

"He felt a little tightness in his shoulder, and he didn't want to go out there and throw and take a chance on it becoming something worse," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "They've taken a look at it, and right now they're just calling it shoulder tightness."

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Hideki Matsui batted third on the 11th for just the 23rd time in his MLB career.  He also celebrated his 37th birthday on the 12th.  Nikkan Sports is carrying pictures taken from his 19th (with Yomiuri), 29th (with the NY Yankees), and 37th birthdays.