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7/2/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jul.02, 2011 @ 6:08 pm, under MLB

Games from the 1st:

Seattle Mariners 6 - San Diego Padres 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: ground out to third, ground out to the pitcher (run scored), fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to the pitcher.

Oakland A's 5 - Arizona Diamondbacks 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-2: ground out to second, walk (steals second, run scored),  2-run double to right, walk.  The stolen base was Matsui's first since 2007.

Chicago White Sox 6 - Chicago Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: single to center, single to left (run scored), ground out to third, strikeout looking.

Minnesota Twins 6 - Milwaukee Brewers 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-2: single to center, walk (caught stealing second), line out to left.

Los Angeles Dodgers 5 - LA Angels 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and tossed 7 shutout innings for his 6th victory of the year (6-9).  Final line: 7 IP, 26 BF, 103-67 NP-S, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 15 - Florida Marlins 5
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 7th, with runners on first and second, 2 out and the Rangers up 9-2.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 18-14 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.


Nikkan Sports reports that the Atlanta Braves are still looking to trade Kenshin Kawakami.  Said GM Frank Wren, "Being able to trade him to another club would be the best option. ... Right now, we'd like him to fully return to the starting rotation at Double-A and then decide what to do from there.  We're hopeful he'll be able to get back to pitching well. ... There are still no offers, but we're listening.  And some baseball people from Japan have come around to watch him pitch."


The latest on Takashi Saito, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The light is finally visible at the end of the tunnel for Takashi Saito.

The right-handed reliever, who has battled through hamstring and oblique injuries since he last pitched in a game on April 6, was expected to be activated off the 60-day disabled list following the Milwaukee Brewers' rain-delayed game with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on Friday night.


"We're probably going to make it tonight after the game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said earlier in the day of the impending roster move. "I talked to Saito earlier today after talking to (general manager) Doug ( Melvin) this morning.

"The plan is to activate him tomorrow. Things can change, depending on what happens with this game, but that's what we're planning to do. There's a couple options that we have."


Roenicke was asked before the game why the team didn't wait to activate Saito until after the team returns home. The obvious odd man out then would have been Mat Gamel, who was called up from Class AAA Nashville to give the Brewers an extra bat for interleague play this week.

"Yeah, we talked about it," he said. "This is the thing: He's had a rough start to the season. He wants to get activated. He's done everything we've asked him to do. He's healthy now, he's feeling good and we need to see how much this guy's going to help us for the rest of the season.

"He's very important, I think, for our bullpen and what we do. I agree with you - the timing might not be right to activate him. But the timing is right for him, and we feel the sooner we get him back here before the all-star break, the sooner we can see where he's going to fit, what role he's going to be in, how healthy he's going to be - he says he feels great now."

Saito, who was expected to fill the role of setup man when he signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Brewers on Jan. 6, isn't sure what his role will be once he returns to the mound.