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8/8/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsu, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Aug.08, 2011 @ 1:20 pm, under MLB

Games from the 7th:

LA Angels 2 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki was the starting DH and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, single to right, line out to short, double play.

Oakland A's 5 - Tampa Bay Rays 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to third, ground out to third, 2-run homer (11) to right, ground out to second, fly out to center.  Matsui also extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

Texas Rangers 5 - Cleveland Indians 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted sixth.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to first, pop out to short, ground out to second, fly out to left.

Chicago White Sox 7 - Minnesota Twins
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-3: single to left, fly out to left, strikeout swinging.  Nishioka has now hit safely in 5 straight games.

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Nikkan Sports reports that Hisanori Takahashi could get an emergency spot start on the 10th against the NY Yankees.  And a snip from a report by LA Times' Mike DiGiovanna:

Reliever Hisanori Takahashi appears to be the leading candidate to replace struggling right-hander Joel Pineiro in the rotation, with triple-A right-handers Trevor Bell and Jerome Williams and double-A right-hander Garrett Richards also in the mix.

Manager Mike Scioscia said he has settled on a replacement starter, who would pitch Wednesday night in Yankee Stadium, but he would not reveal his choice Friday.