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6/15/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara

by on Jun.15, 2011 @ 3:03 pm, under MLB

Games from the 14th:

LA Angels 4 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: fly out to right, single to center, fly out to left, double to center.  Ichiro is now 8-for-17 since he sat out on 6/10.

Kansas City Royals 7 - Oakland A's 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to short, solo homer (5) to right, ground out to first, single to center (run scored), pop out to the catcher.  Matsui is now 2 homers away from 500 (NPB + MLB).

Toronto Blue Jays 6 - Baltimore Orioles 5
Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 10th, with the scored tied at 5, and retired the side in order.  In the following inning, he surrendered a walk-off homer to the first batter he faced for his first lost of the season (1-1).  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 13-10 NP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

New York Yankees 12 - Texas Rangers 4
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the bottom of the 5th with a runner on second, 2 out, and the Rangers down 9-4.  Tateyama did not allow the inherited run to score, but did give up a 2-run homer and a solo homer in the 6th.  Final line: 1.2 IP, 8 BF, 38-24 NP-S, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 2 HR.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Milwaukee Brewers 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: strikeout swinging, fly out to center, strikeout looking, ground-rule double (run scored).


Rochester Red Wings 6 - Toledo Mud Hens 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, strikeout swinging, ground out to third, ground out to third, walk.

Charlotte Knights 4 - Pawtucket Red Sox 2 (11 innings)
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Pawtucket up 2-1, and blew a save opportunity (2) by allowing one run to score in 2 innings of work.  Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 25-18 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Columbus Clippers 7 - Buffalo Bisons 3
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 9th, with Buffalo down 7-3, and retired and side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 7-4 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.


According to Nikkan Sports, Hideki Matsui might be allowed to start in the OF when the team begins Inter-league play at NL parks on the 21st if he does well during the Oakland A's current 6-game homestand.


The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen:

Nearly 10 weeks after breaking his left leg, Twins infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka could be ready to make his Target Field debut.  Nishioka, who fractured his left fibula on April 7 at Yankee Stadium, went 0-for-4 with a walk in his final rehab game for Class AAA Rochester on Tuesday and will return to Minnesota on Wednesday to be re-evaluated by team doctors.


Molitor said he was pleasantly surprised by Nishioka's arm strength at shortstop. The Twins hadn't seen Nishioka throw that well in spring training.


Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled for another check-up on his right elbow on the 20th.  Matsuzaka should have a better idea of what his rehab schedule will be like after he gets his elbow checked out again by Dr. Lewis Yocum.


The latest on Takashi Saito, from the Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt:

#Brewers asst GM Gord Ash said RHP Takashi Saito will make rehab appearances for AAA Nashville on Wednesday and Friday.


Ichiro Suzuki dropped to 5th in fan balloting for the 2011 All-Star Game.  His 1,231,035 votes now trail Jose Bautista (TOR) 3,042,091; Curtis Granderson (NYY) 2,406,946; Josh Hamilton (TEX) 1,799,339; and Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) 1,447,715


Yoshihiro Doi has apparently agreed to a deal with the Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League).