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7/6/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Jul.06, 2011 @ 2:13 pm, under MLB

Games from the 5th:

Seattle Mariners 4 - Oakland A's 2
Ichiro Suzuki start in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to short, single to left, single to left (steals second), ground out to second, intentional walk.

Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, foul out to left, ground out to second, walk.

Minnesota Twins 3 - Tampa Bay Rays 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, fly out to left, ground out to first.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 4 - Rochester Red Wings 2 (Game 2, doubleheader)
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the bottom of the 4th with runners on first and third, 1 out, and Pawtucket up 4-2.  Okajima did not allow an inherited runner to score and ultimately tossed 2 shutout innings for the win (4-0).  Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 33-21 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

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Via Nikkan Sports: FOX Sports' Jon Morosi tweets that the Detroit Tigers have interest in Hiroki Kuroda:

#Tigers have some interest in Hiroki Kuroda of #Dodgers. But he has a no-trade clause, and it’s not clear if he would waive it.

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Masumi Kuwata was at the Seattle - Oakland on the 5th and met with both Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui before the game.