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8/28/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Aug.28, 2011 @ 2:22 pm, under MLB

Games from the 27th:

Chicago White Sox 3 - Seattle Mariners 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to third, pop out to short, infield single, ground out to short.

Boston Red Sox 4 - Oakland A's 0 (Game 2, doubleheader)
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-4: strikeout swinging, fly out to left, ground out to first, single to right.

Cleveland Indians 8 - Kansas City Royals 7
Kosuke Fukudome started at center and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: walk, strikeout swinging, ground out to second, double to center (run scored), walk (run scored).  Fukudome also moved to right in the top of the 6th.

LA Angels 8 - Texas Rangers 4
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded, 2 out, and the Angels up 8-4.  He quickly got out of the jam (and ended the game) on a double play.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 1 BF, 4-2 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.  Takahashi also picked up his 2nd save of the season.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 7th, with the Rangers down, 6-4, and gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (including a solo homer to the first batter he faced) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 19-12 NP-S, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, via MLB.com:

Shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who hasn't been in the starting lineup since Aug. 19 because of back spasms and a sore right oblique, also missed Saturday's game. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Nishioka is close to returning, but he is being extra cautious because he doesn't want Nishioka to hurt his oblique further by playing when he's not ready.

"I want to see him play in September, so I'm giving him a couple of extra days here to see where he's at," Gardenhire said. "I think today I saw him out there, he's throwing to first and the ball is coming out of his hand already better today than it did yesterday. So I think we're getting close."