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9/23/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.23, 2011 @ 4:38 pm, under MLB

Games from the 22nd:

Minnesota Twins 3 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: single to right (run scored), sac fly to right, ground out to third, fly out to right, ground out to the pitcher.  Ichiro currently has 179 hits and needs 21 in 6 games for 200.

Oakland A's 4 - Texas Rangers 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted third.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, fly out to left, strikeout swinging.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (runner on third, 2 out, and the scored tied at 3) and retired the one batter he faced to get out of the inning without allowing the inherited runner to score.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 5-4 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Cleveland Indians 11 - Chicago White Sox 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: solo homer (8) to right-center, strikeout swinging, 2-run single to left, walk, strikeout swinging.

Toronto Blue Jays 4 - LA Angels 3
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the bottom of the 7th (runner on 2nd, 1 out, and the score tied at 3) and retired the two batters he faced to get out of the inning without allowing the inherited runner to score.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 2 BF, 11-6 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 - San Francisco Giants 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 7 innings of work.  He also got the win and is now 13-16.  Final line: 7 IP, 26 BF, 92-62 NP-S, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO, 2 HR.

New York Mets 8 - St. Louis Cardinals 6
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the bottom of the 5th (runners on second and third, 2 out, and the Mets down 4-1) and needed just 2 pitches to get out of the inning.  Igarashi also tossed a shutout 6th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 6 BF, 19-10 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R,  ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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The Japanese media has picked up on Manny Ramirez's quote about the possibility of playing in Japan (amongst other countries), if no one in US is interested.  A snip:

"I would comply with my pending sanction and I would be available for any major league team," Ramirez told ESPNdeportes.com's Enrique Rojas via telephone from Miami. "I already informed (agent) Scott Boras of my decision to return and begin the process.

"If any team wants to sign me, I would play. If no one does, I would look to play in Japan or any other place. I was not prepared for retirement."

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A team of MLB players will be heading to Taiwan in November.  A snip from an MLB.com article:

A team of Major Leaguers will visit Taiwan this November to play against the Chinese Taipei national team in the 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday.

The 2011 Taiwan All-Star Series will feature five games from Nov. 2-6 in three different cities. The teams will play in New Taipei City (Nov. 2), Taichung (Nov. 3-4) and Kaohsiung (Nov. 5-6).

MLB and the MLBPA will select the roster and coaching staff, which will be announced in October.