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7/30/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Jul.30, 2011 @ 2:36 pm, under MLB

Games from the 29th:

Tampa Bay Rays 8 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, ground out to second, strikeout swinging, fly out to left.

Minnesota Twins 9 - Oakland A's 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 3-for-4: pop out to third in foul territory, double to left, single to center, single to right (run scored).

Tsuyoshi Nishioka did not play.

Kansas City Royals 12 - Cleveland Indians 0
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, ground out to second, ground out to second, ground out to second.  This was Fukudome's first game in an Indians' uniform.

Baltimore Orioles 4 - New York Yankees 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the Orioles up 4-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 20-15 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Milwaukee Brewers 4 - Houston Astros 0
Takashi Saito entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the Brewers up 4-0, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 17-10 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

New York Mets 8 - Washington Nationals 5
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and third, 2 out, and the Mets up 8-3.  Igarashi retired the one batter he faced (fly out to center) and got out of the inning without allowing any runs to score.   Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 3-2 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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The Oakland A's held a ceremony before Friday's game (7/29) to commemorate Hideki Matsui's 500th NPB + MLB homer.  They also presented him with a trophy.

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The latest on Koji Uehara:

From the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec:

The expectation of people around the club is that the Orioles will likely make at least one move, and Uehara is the most likely to go. Even with how dominant that he has been this year, there are legitimate concerns about Uehara’s health and durability. The Pirates, Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers could all be fits there, and all those teams have had scouts around the Orioles in recent series.

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The latest on Hiroki Kuroda:

From ESPN's Tony Jackson:

Colletti declined to say how many teams are still involved, a fact that could signify the list is down to one. Even if that is the case, though, it isn't in any way a foregone conclusion that Kuroda will be dealt, especially given that Sunday's 1 p.m. PDT trading deadline is now less than 48 hours away.

Kuroda has full no-trade rights and as such would have to approve any trade. Colletti said that further shortens the period of time the Dodgers have to deal Kuroda if the club is able to agree to terms on a trade.

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Colletti said that in return for Kuroda, he is looking for something that would fulfill what he called "organizational needs,'' a clear indication the Dodgers would acquire only minor league players in exchange for Kuroda.

From the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham:

But according to sources familiar with his thinking, Kuroda has little desire to leave the Dodgers and would invoke his no-trade clause to block deals to the East Coast. There have been similar reports by other media outlets.

Quite often, these issues vanish when the proper financial incentive is applied. But in this case, Kuroda is not using his leverage to get a few more dollars. He legitimately does not want to leave southern California.

Kuroda, 36, is "set in his ways" according to a source and is leery about playing somewhere else even for only three months.

From MLB.com's Ken Gurnick:

The Dodgers continue to work toward a deal to give Hiroki Kuroda a chance for postseason glory, general manager Ned Colletti said Friday.

"I want to do what's good for him, what he's comfortable with, if it can help us," said Colletti. "If it gets to the point where it makes sense for us, the decision will be his."

The 36-year-old Kuroda shifted into news-blackout mode Friday, issuing polite "no comments" when asked trade questions. But he has a total no-trade clause in his contract, so if he had no interest in moving he could have invoked that weeks ago and prevented further speculation. The fact that it's gone on this long indicates that he will accept a move he likes.

From ESPN's Jim Bowden:

Detroit is "out" on Kuroda....down to NYY, BOS, TX and Cleve #TRADES