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9/11/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Sep.11, 2011 @ 1:53 pm, under MLB

Games from the 10th:

Kansas City Royals 4 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: line out to third, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking, strikeout swinging.  Ichiro now needs 33 hits in 17 games for 200.

Oakland A's 8 - Texas Rangers 7
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 1-for-5: fly out to left, double (28) to left, pop out to third in foul territory, fly out to right, pop out to the catcher in foul territory.

Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the top of the 6th, with the bases loaded, 2 out, and the game tied at 3, and surrendered a homer to the first batter he faced (grand slam, Scott Sizemore) and then proceeded to give up a single and an RBI double to the next two batters before getting yanked.  Final line: 0.0 IP, 3 BF, 9-6 NP-S, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR.

Chicago White Sox 7 - Cleveland Indians 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging (base-runner caught stealing second), flies out to left (double play), pop out to short, fly out to left.

Chicago Cubs 5 - New York Mets 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the Mets down 2-0, and retired the first two batters he faced, then gave up 2 back-to-back doubles before getting the hook.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 4 BF, 17-11 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Kinston Indians 9 - Myrtle Beach Pelicans 2
Toru Murata entered the game in the top of the 9th, with Kinston up 9-2, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

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

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be shut down for a few days, as the shortstop was still dealing with a sore right oblique in his return to action on Friday against the Tigers.

Nishioka, who made his first start at shortstop since Sunday, had trouble swinging, particularly from the right side. He faced left-hander Daniel Schlereth with two outs in the seventh and was forced to bunt because of soreness in his oblique.

He ended up beating out the bunt to go 1-for-3 with a walk on the night, but Gardenhire said he doesn't want to risk Nishioka aggravating the injury in the upcoming days.

"I don't think he looked right, especially swinging right-handed," Gardenhire said. "I don't like the way he looks so we're just going to back off."

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The latest on Daisuke Matsuzaka, via MLB.com's Ian Browne:

Daisuke Matsuzaka took a break from the solitude of his rehab in Fort Myers, Fla., to visit with his teammates the past two days.

The right-hander, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June, is nearing the point where he can start a throwing program.

"I was told if everything goes well I can start to throw 16 weeks from surgery," Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada.

It was about 13 weeks ago Matsuzaka had his surgery.

"I'm doing everything now except throwing," Matsuzaka said. "When I come to this point, I can picture myself throwing again. I can start to throw lightly, and I'm very much looking forward to the throwing program."