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9/8/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.08, 2011 @ 2:09 pm, under MLB

Games from the 7th:

LA Angels 3 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to short, strikeout swinging.  Ichiro needs 39 hits in 20 games for 200.

Oakland A's 7 - Kansas City Royals 0
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-3: walk, strikeout on foul tip, walk (run scored), RBI single to center, strikeout swinging.  Matsui now has 750 RBIs.

Detroit Tigers 8 - Cleveland Indians 6
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, fly out to center, ground out to short, ground out to second.

Tampa Bay Rays 5 - Texas Rangers 4
Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with a runner on first, 2 out, and the Rangers down 4-2, and retired the one batter he faced to get out of the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 3-3 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka, from MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger:

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expects Joe Mauer to catch at least one game in Detroit this weekend, while Tsuyoshi Nishioka is scheduled to start at shortstop on Friday.

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Nishioka, meanwhile, has been plagued by a sore back and oblique and hasn't started at shortstop since Sunday. Twins trainer Rick McWane said Nishioka's soreness isn't expected to go away this season, but that he's going to try to play through the injury.

So it'll be up to Nishioka to tell the training staff if he's ready to go against the Tigers on Friday.

"I think he wants to play," Gardenhire said. "Hopefully, once we get to Detroit and everything feels good, we can put him out there. Unless he feels terrible, he should be playing shortstop in Detroit in the first game, and we'll go from there."

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Kenshin Kawakami's comments to reporters:

I need to start over from a clean slate.  I'm also not really in a rush to figure out what's next. ... I got hurt and went to Single-A.  I don't think there's anyone else that knows that entire Braves organization like I do. ... I have some unfinished business [here].  I have regrets. ... This is my life, so I'll decide what comes next.

And according to Nikkan Sports, it doesn't seem like Kawakami is ready to return to the NPB next season (at least for the time being).

Regarding his right shoulder woes, it appears surgery is a possibility:

I won't retire.  If it takes 1-2 years for a full recover from surgery, I'll deal with that.  And if it means I won't be at 100%, then I'll skip that year. ... I want to find a place that can check thoroughly examined me. ... At this age, I can't compete with the younger players if I'm not at 100%.