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7/24/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Jul.24, 2011 @ 1:37 pm, under MLB

Games from the 23rd:

Boston Red Sox 3 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to third, fly out to center, single to center, walk, pop out to third.

Oakland A's 4 - New York Yankees 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 2-for-5: fly out to left, single to center (run scored), strikeout looking, solo homer to right (8), ground out to second.  Matsui's homer in the 7th was the 501 of his NPB + MLB career.

Minnesota Twins 4 - Detroit Tigers 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth.  He went 2-for-3: strikeout (foul tip), infield single, single to left.

Baltimore Orioles 3 - LA Angels 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 8th, with Baltimore up 3-2, and retired the side in order. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 9-6 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 5 - Toronto Blue Jays 4
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 7th, with a runner on first, 2 out, with the Rangers down 4-3.  Tateyama got out of the inning when Rajai Davis was caught trying to steal second and additionally retired the side in order in the 8th. Final line: 1.1 IP, 3 BF, 18-12 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Houston Astros 1
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game on defense (right field) in the top of the 8th.  He went 1-for-1: triple to right (run scored).

Florida Marlins 8 - New York Mets 5
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the Mets down 7-3, and allowed a run over an inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 16-10 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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The New York Yankees ran a highlight reel of some of Hideki Matsui's homer at Yankees Stadium after the first inning on the 22nd.  Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada also congratulated Matsui on his 500 homer milestone before the game (and Matsui congratulated Jeter on his 3,000 hits).

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The Texas Rangers appear to be interested in Hiroki KurodaA report from ESPN:

A source confirmed that the Rangers had someone watching Hiroki Kuroda's start on Friday. It's unclear how high their level of interest is, but they are certainly keeping tabs on him. The 36-year-old Dodger starter is 6-12 with a 3.19 ERA. In other words: He doesn't get much run support. Kuroda has a no-trade clause and has said he'll look at deals on a case-by-case basis to determine if he'll agree to a trade. He gave up three runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in a 7-2 loss to the Nationals last night.

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The New York Times is carrying an article on Kei Igawa.  A snip:

The five-year saga is a story of a giant mistake of a contract and an overmatched pitcher, a huge organization digging in and a quiet, somewhat mysterious Japanese pitcher with a sense of honor and a durable love of the game. The Yankees made it pretty clear Igawa would never pitch again in the Bronx, but they were determined that he pitch somewhere for his $4-million-a-year salary. They tried to return him to Japan, too. Igawa refused to go, standing fast to his childhood dream of pitching in the American big leagues.

And so, the stalemate — remarkable, if almost entirely un-remarked upon — continues.

(Thanks to Kyle for the link)