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9/16/2011: Hideki Matsui, Ryota Igarashi, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Sep.16, 2011 @ 4:20 pm, under MLB

Games from the 15th:

Oakland A's 6 - Detroit Tigers 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 0-for-3: pop out to third in foul territory, strikeout swinging, pop out to the third in foul territory, walk.

Washington Nationals 10 - New York Mets 1
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 7th (runners on first and second, 1 out, and the Mets down 3-1) and got the final 2 outs of the inning.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 3 BF, 20-11 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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Ichiro Suzuki on stealing his 40th base of the year:

It isn't any good to try doing this every year.  But this year, my other numbers are awful so I felt like doing this.

As for trying to win the stolen base title (he's 3 behind the league-leader):

If there's a chance, then certainly.  But that isn't really something I'll be focusing on.  Three is kind of a big gap.  And there's only 10+ games left to go.

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Kosuke Fukudome got the day off on the 15th.  From MLB.com's Todd Wills:

Kosuke Fukudome, who has played in 44 consecutive games, because of team injuries, since being acquired from the Cubs, also had the day off.

"He deserved one since he has played every single game since he came over," Acta said.

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Nikkan Sports reports that Oakland A's Ken Pries (Vice President, Broadcasting and Communications) said it was possible that the Oakland A's could play their opening day game against the Seattle Mariners in Japan.

"Nothing is set in stone right now," said Pries.  "There's just a chance that we might have opening day in Japan. ... [The MLB approached us and] we told them it wouldn't matter where opening day took place, in the US or Japan.  But we haven't heard anything since then."