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9/15/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.15, 2011 @ 3:03 pm, under MLB

Games from the 14th:

Seattle Mariners 2 - New York Yankees 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, GIDP, fly out to left, intentional walk (steals second), intentional walk.  Ichiro now needs 30 hits in 13 games for 200.

LA Angels 4 - Oakland A's 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 0-for-4: pop out to third in foul territory, ground out to first, fly out to left, fly out to left.

Texas Rangers 9 - Cleveland Indians 1
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, pop out to the catcher in foul territory, strikeout (foul tip), single to right.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Nishioka,via the LA Times (Reuters):

SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka (oblique) was out of the lineup for the seventh time in the past eight games, though he was available to pinch run.

Nikkan Sports also mentions that Nishioka hasn't been able to swing the bat over the last 5 days and that while he has managed to take some light fielding practice, he has avoided making any throws.

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Junichi Tazawa's comments after his first MLB outing in 2 years on the 13th, via Nikkan Sports:

Even in the minors, each time I was promoted to single-A, double-A, and triple-A, I felt some stiffness in my shoulder after my first appearance.  I feel a little bit of stiffness this time as well. ... I knew there was a difference in the baseball (between the majors and minors)...  I hope to ready for that next time around.