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7/20/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Jul.20, 2011 @ 2:25 pm, under MLB

Games from the 19th:

Toronto Blue Jays 6 - Seattle Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-7: fly out to left, fly out to right, single to center, fly out to center, strikeout swinging, ground out to short, ground out to short.

Detroit Tigers 8 - Oakland A's 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 2-for-4: pop out to third in foul territory, single to right, 2-run single to right, ground out to second.

Minnesota Twins 2 - Cleveland Indians 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted eighth.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to second, ground out to third, infield single.

Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Chicago Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th and struck out swinging.

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Takashi Saito told the Arizona Diamonback coaches before Monday's game that he was ok to pitch on consecutive days.

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The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly thinks that the Baltimore Orioles could shop Koji Uehara.  A snip:

So, really, that leaves Uehara, 36, as your main trade bait. There is another thing to consider with him, though. He needs 15 more games to kick in his $4 million vesting option for 2012. And, honestly, $4 million doesn’t seem bad for a guy who has pitched so well this season in a relief corps that has struggled.

And FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal mentions in a tweet that the Pittsburgh Pirates could be interested:

Among the eighth-inning types the #PIrates are looking at: #Orioles' Uehara. #MLB

Regarding the rumors, Uehara told reporters it made him happy to hear teams were interested and that it would only help with his motivation.

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And the latest on the Hiroki Kuroda trade rumor front, from the Los Angeles times' Dylan Hernandez:

The subject of trade speculation, Kuroda said Colletti told him he would promptly inform him if or when another team inquires about him.

Kuroda's one-year, $12 million contract with the Dodgers includes a provision that allows him to block a trade to any team. Kuroda said Colletti told him he doesn't want to deal him and wants him to return next year, but that he wants to offer Kuroda the chance to win.

Colletti said Kuroda's account of their meeting was accurate.

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Asked whether he would waive his no-trade clause, Kuroda said, "At this point, I don't know yet."

Via Nikkan Sports