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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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