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5/4/2012: Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Junichi Tazawa

by on May.04, 2012 @ 4:19 pm, under MLB

Games from May 3:

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

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-3: bunt single, fly out to center, ground out to second. [SponichiNikkan Sports]

Cleveland Indians 7 - Chicago White Sox 5
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in left and batted seventh.  He went 0-for-1: line out to short, walk (run scored), walk, walk. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Toledo 6 - Pawtucket 4 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game with a runner on second and two out in the bottom of the 6th.  Tazawa retired all seven of the batters he faced over 2.1 innings of work.  Final line: 2.1 IP, 31-22 NP-S, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Hideki Matsui (TBR) took forty swings during batting practice on Thursday and hit seven over the fence (on his first day of workouts on Wednesday, he took thirty-four swings and hit none over the fence).  He also took twenty swings against a pitching machine and hit five over the fence.

Matsui is slated to wear the number fifty-five, at least during extended spring training and most likely during his stint at Triple-A.

Nikkan Sports mentions that the Rays may give Matsui six to ten plate at bats a day during practice games next week.  And Sasnpo notes his schedule could look something like this: situational batting practice against Double-A pitchers on May 5, five or so at bats during a practice game on May 7, addition of defense on May 8.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's (BOS) Triple-A rehab game start on Friday was pushed back to May 7 because of weather conditions (forecast calls for rain).