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9/21/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Sep.21, 2011 @ 2:56 pm, under MLB

Games from the 20th:

Seattle Mariners 5 - Minnesota Twins 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: triple to left (run scored), ground out to second, ground out to first, fly out to center, strikeout swinging.  Ichiro now needs 24 hits in 8 games for 200.

Texas Rangers 7 - Oakland A's 2
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted third.  He went 1-for-4: single to left, fly out to left, ground out to the pitcher, fly out to right.

Cleveland Indians 4 - Chicago White Sox 3 (Game 1 Doubleheader)
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He 1-for-4: ground out to second, pop out to short, homer (7) to right, fly out to left.  Fukudome also picked up an assist in the top of the 2nd -- he caught a fly ball in right and doubled up the runner at first.

Chicago White Sox 5 - Cleveland Indians 4 (Game 2 Doubleheader)
Fukudome entered the game as a defensive replacement in right in the top of the 7th.  He also went 0-for-1: strikeout swinging.

Baltimore Orioles 7 - Boston Red Sox 5
Junichi Tazawa entered the game in the top of the 9th (runners on first and second, 2 out, Boston down 7-5) and retired the one batter he faced to get out of the inning without allowing a run.  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 Takashi Saito, via the Journal Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner:

Roenicke said reliever Takashi Saito was bothered by a right calf injury discovered Monday and was not available for the series opener against the Cubs.

Saito had pitched a perfect ninth inning in the Brewers' 8-1 victory at Cincinnati on Sunday.

Roenicke said Saito was cleared to be available Tuesday (9/20) night.

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Hideki Matsui, whose favorite movie is "The Natural," attended the premiere for Moneyball on the 19th.  His photo with Brad Pitt made the rounds on the early morning gossip shows today (Matsui approached Pitt).  For those living in Japan and wondering when it's supposed to hit screens here: November 11th.