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9/20/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome, Hisanori Takahashi

by on Sep.20, 2011 @ 4:18 pm, under MLB

Games from the 19th:

Seattle Mariners 12 - Cleveland Indians 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-5: single to right, pop out to third in foul territory, RBI double to left (run scored), strikeout looking, ground out to third.

Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, line out to second, strikeout swinging, ground out to second.

Toronto Blue Jays 3 - LA Angels 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 7th (with 1 out, no one on, and the game tied at 2) and got out of the inning by retiring the first two batters he faced  He then faced to more batters in the bottom of the 8th before leaving with one out and a man on first (walk).  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 18-11 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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According to Nikkan Sports, Takashi Saito felt some discomfort in his right calf on the 19th and told reporters, "I was supposed to pitch today anyway.  Hopefully it'll be alright, but we'll wait to see how it's feeling tomorrow."

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Sponichi makes note of the research Keller Army Hospital conducted on the use of steroids and injuries in MLB between 2002 and 2008.  A snip from a Reuters article, posted on 8/1:

The new study -- only the second to examine injury patterns among major league baseball players -- used the number of players on the disabled list over a seven-year period to gauge the elite athletes' risk of getting hurt.

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Analyzing the 2002 through 2008 seasons, Cameron's group found that player injury rates jumped by nearly 40 percent after 2005.

The increase may have been due in part to a crackdown on steroid use during that period, Cameron told Reuters Health, because performance-enhancing drugs can also speed recovery between games.