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6/26/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jun.26, 2011 @ 1:56 pm, under MLB

Games from the 25th:

Florida Marlins 4 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: line out to left, reaches on fielding error (E5), ground out to first, ground out to third.

Oakland A's 4 - Philadelphia Phillies 1
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, single to left, ground out to second, single to left, strikeout looking.

Kansas City Royals 3 - Chicago Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 8th and went 0-for-1: fly out to right.  He remained in the game as the DH but did not get another at bat.

Milwaukee Brewers 11 - Minnesota Twins 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted seventh.  Nishioka was removed from defense in the bottom of the 4th.  He went 0-for-2: ground out to short, ground out to short.

LA Angels 6 - Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 5 innings of work.  He took the loss and fell to 5-9.  Final line: 5 IP, 19 BF, 74-50 NP-S, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.

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Buffalo Bisons 6 - Norfolk Tides 5
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the score tied at 6, and tossed 2 perfect innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 6 BF, 19-9 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Sponichi has posted comments from Daisuke Matsuzaka:

Why did you decide to have the surgery?

It was a choice between taking pain killers and pitching through the pain for the next 2-3 years or going through rehab for 1 year and pitching 10 years.  I think anyone would have picked surgery.

The surgery was a success...

I'm not sure what constitutes a successful surgery.  It is just about the surgery itself?  Or does it include the rehab work as well?  I think it's the latter so I'm still a little worried [about whether or not it was success].  It's a long path.

How is your elbow?

When they opened me up, they said they couldn't find a ligament.  It wasn't completely ruptured.  Right now, it definitely feels bigger than before.

What are your plans moving forward?

I'm not really in a place where I can set definite goals.  I just need to keep at it everyday.

Your thoughts on rehab?

I don't want to rush myself and I don't want to be sad.  I want to have fun doing this.

Sponichi also mentions in another article that Matsuzaka is hoping to improve his balance by throwing with his left arm.  He got the idea from watching Yu Darvish work out.