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9/1/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.01, 2011 @ 8:02 pm, under MLB

Games from the 31st:

Seattle Mariners 2 - LA Angels 1
Ichiro Suzuki was the starting DH and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, strikeout swinging, ground out to short, fly out to left.  Ichiro's 13-game hitting streak also came to an end.

Cleveland Indians 4 - Oakland A's 3 (16 innings)
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-5: GIDP, line out to right, strikeout swinging, ground out to the pitcher, single to center.  Matsui was replaced by a pinch-runner after his single in the top of the 10th.

Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-6: sac fly to left, strikeout swinging, single to center, ground out to second, fly out to left, ground out to short, strikeout swinging.

Tampa Bay Rays 4 - Texas Rangers 1
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 3rd, with runners on first and third and 2 out and the Rangers down 3-0, and got the final out of the inning on a pop out to short  Tateyama then went on to toss a shutout 4th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 5 BF, 26-16 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 7th, with the Rangers down 3-0, and gave up a run on 1 hit (solo homer) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 11-7 NP-S, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR.

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Rochester Red Wings 4 - Pawtucket Red Sox 2
Junichi Tazawa entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with Pawtucket down 3-1, and did not allow a run over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 14-8 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Norfolk Tides 2 - Gwinnett Braves 1 (Game 2 doubleheader)
Ryohei Tanaka started the game and gave up a run over 6 innings of work.  Final line: 6 IP, 23 BF, 83-52 NP-S, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

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Terry Francona on Junichi Tazawa, via projo.com:

Another intriguing option is right-handed reliever Junichi Tazawa, who has a 1.46 ERA in 12 1/3 innings since being promoted to Pawtucket.

"He’s doing terrific. He's really doing well," Francona said of Tazawa, who’s working his way back from Tommy John surgery. "His velocity's coming back, along with his command. Getting your velocity back is good and important, but when you start commanding along with it, I think it means you're starting to compete and not rehab. The reports have been really good. We’re excited."