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9/7/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.07, 2011 @ 3:40 pm, under MLB

Games from the 6th:

Seattle Mariners 2 - LA Angels 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, walk ground out to second, ground out to short, single to center (steals second and advances to third on throwing error by catcher).  Ichiro now needs 39 hits in 21 games for 200.

Kansas City Royals 7 - Oakland A's 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-5: single to center, fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to short, ground out to second.

Detroit Tigers 10 - Cleveland Indians 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, ground out to first, solo homer (6) to right, strikeout swinging.  Fukudome has homered in back-to-back games.

New York Mets 7 - Florida Marlins 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 11th, with runners on second and third, 2 out, and game tied at 4, and 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.  Igarashi also got the win and improved to 4-1.

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MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger provides an update on Tsuyoshi Nishioka via Twitter:

Nishioka (oblique and back) is also expected to be held out of action until Friday.

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The Providence Journal's Brian MacPherson has posted an interview with Hideki Okajima.  A snip:

"I don't know what I'm going to be doing next season," Okajima said through interpreter Jeff Cutler before the regular-season finale at Triple-A Pawtucket. "I might retire. I might go back to Japan. I might be over here again. I'm not really sure. I just have to see where the offseason takes me once I get there."

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"I never expected to return back to Boston after being taken off the 40-man (roster) and being designated for assignment," he said. "I saw myself pitching for a different team and not being in this situation."

Okajima also recently posted an update on his blog that pretty much says the same thing: he's frustrated at how the year turned out but feels he needs to be grateful that he can continue pitching a little while longer because the Pawtucket Red Sox made it to the playoffs; he also isn't sure what he's going to do next and will wait to think about things until after the playoffs.

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Nikkan Sports notes that Kei Igawa and Kenshin Kawakami still want to play in the US -- their first choice would be to find an MLB team willing to take a chance on them.