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5/2/2012: Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Wada, Norichika Aoki

by on May.02, 2012 @ 2:22 pm, under MLB

Games from May 1:

Tampa Bay Rays 3 - Seattle Mariners 1 [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-4: double to right, fly out to left, single to right, ground out to second. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Casper Wells in the top of the 9th inning and struck out swinging. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

San Diego Padres 2 - Milwaukee Brewers 0
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: reaches on fielding error (E6), ground out to the pitcher, ground out to the pitcher, walk. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Round Rock 6 - New Orleans 3 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed two shutout innings for his first save of the year.  Final line: 2 IP, 34-27 NP-S, 8 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Sponichi mentions that Matt Moore might consider giving up the fifty-five if Hideki Matsui (TBR) asks him to.  Until then, he does not plan to think about.

A separate Sponichi article provides the following quotes from former team mate John Flaherty on Matsui:

I saw Hideki running sprints at a public field while driving around in the afternoon. ... [I was in a rush] so I could not stop and talk to him. ... But it made me happy to see a former team mate working hard. ... He is not young anymore, but once he steps into the batter's box, he will do his job.  He will probably have to spend a few weeks in the minors, but once he shows he is ready, he will have another shot at the Majors.  And that will be good news.

The Tampa Bay Rays were pleasantly surprised when about fifty reporters (mostly Japanese) showed up for Matsui's press conference on Tuesday.

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Junichi Tazawa (BOS) was optioned to Pawtucket on Tuesday.

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The latest on Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL), from the Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly:

Yocum, the Los Angeles Angels’ team doctor, confirmed the tear and has recommended surgery, according to Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette. Ultimately, the course of action will be determined by the 31-year-old Japan native.

The Orioles' Dr. John Wilckens had recommended only that Wada seek a second opinion. If he has elbow surgery, Wada will be shelved for roughly a year.