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7/25/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Jul.25, 2011 @ 10:46 am, under MLB

Games from the 24th:

Boston Red Sox 12 - Seattle Mariners 8
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to the pitcher,fly out to right, single to right (picked off/caught stealing second), single to right (run scored), ground out to second.

New York Yankees 7 - Oakland A's 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 5-for-5: single to left, single to left, double to center, RBI double to left (run scored), single to right.

Detroit Tigers 5 - Minnesota Twins 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, strikeout swinging.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Houston Astros 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: single to right, strikeout swinging, walk, ground out to second, strikeout swinging.

San Francisco Giants 2 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Takashi Saito entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the Brewers down 2-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 21-8 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Portland Sea Dogs 11 - New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1
Junichi Tazawa started the game and gave up a run over 4 innings of work.  Final line: 4 IP, 16 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1 HR.

Pawtucket Red Sox 7 - Buffalo Bisons 6
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with the game tied at 4, and gave up 2 runs over 2 innings of work.  Despite giving up 2 runs, Okajima still managed to get the win when Pawtucket scored 3 in the top of the 9th. Final line: 2 IP, 9 BF, 32-22 NP-S, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR.

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Some headlines on the Hiroki Kuroda trade front:

From CBS Sports' Danny Knobler:

The reason for the intrigue: Kuroda has a full no-trade clause, and some people in the game believe that he would invoke it to block a trade.

But the Dodgers continue to explore possible trades, and according to sources they believe that Kuroda could be persuaded to go to a contending team for the final two months of the season. The same sources said that if Kuroda decides to pitch in the major leagues again next year, he would likely only agree to pitch for the Dodgers.

Yahoo's Jeff Passan tweets that Kuroda could be heading to Detroit:

One scout thinks that Detroit -- heavy on all SP -- is favorite for Hiroki Kuroda, and that it might not take Turner, Oliver or Castellanos.

Cleveland Plain Dealer's Paul Hoynes tweets about Cleveland:

#Indians have talked to Dodgers about Kuroda. Don't know if it has reached stage where Kuroda has been asked to lift no-trade.