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8/27/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Aug.27, 2011 @ 3:21 pm, under MLB

Games from the 26th:

Chicago White Sox 4 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to short, single to center, ground out to short (steals second), strikeout swinging, single to center.  Ichiro needs 52 more hits in 32 games for 200 hits.

Oakland A's 15, Boston Red Sox 5
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted third.  He went 1-for-6: ground out to second, fly out to center, 2-run double to right (run scored), ground out to short, ground out to third, ground out to second.  Matsui also collected his 487th NPB + MLB double of his career.

Cleveland Indians 2 - Kansas City Royals 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted sixth.  He went : GIDP, single to center, single to center (run scored), intentional walk.  He also shifted over to center in the top of the 8th.

Texas Rangers 11 - LA Angels 7
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 7th, with a runner on first, 2 out, and the Rangers up 11-1.  Tateyama got out of the inning on three pitches and then gave up 4 runs in the top of the 8th (RBI single to center and a 3-run homer to right).  Final line: 1.1 IP, 8 BF, 29-22 NP-S, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR.

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - Chicago Cubs 2
Takashi Saito entered the game in the top of the 7th, with a runner on second, 2 out, and the Brewers up 4-2.  Saito struck out the one batter he faced to get out of the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 4-3 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Pawtucket Red Sox 7 - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3 (Game 2, doubleheader)
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the bottom of the 4th, with Pawtucket up 5-2, and scattered 1 hit over 2 shutout innings for his 7th victory of the year.  He is now 7-1.  Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 30-20 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

Birmingham Barons 9 - Mississippi Braves 0
Kenshin Kawakami entered the game in the top of the 7th, with Mississippi down 4-0, and gave up 4 runs (all earned) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 8 BF, 33-19 NP-S, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from MLB.com:

Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who has been dealing with back spasms and a sore right oblique, was a late scratch from Friday's lineup. He was originally penciled in at shortstop, but was removed after taking grounders during early batting practice.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he watched Nishioka during infield drills, and noticed he wasn't fully healthy, as he had trouble with his throws. "He wants to play. Believe me, he wants to be out there," Gardenhire said. "But I just don't want him out there diving for a ball and getting set back two or three weeks. We can't afford that."

Nishioka, who is healthy enough to hit but has trouble throwing, hasn't been in the starting lineup since Aug. 19.

"I'm about 80 or 90 percent right now," Nishioka said through translator Ryo Shinkawa. "I think I could play in the game, but Gardy told me that if I felt anything that he would be patient with me. So, I think I'll follow what he says."