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5/5/2012: Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Yu Darvish

by on May.05, 2012 @ 7:21 pm, under MLB

Games from May 4:

Minnesota Twins 3 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 0-for-4: GIDP, pop out to short, ground out to catcher (bunt, force out), strikeout swinging. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 6 - San Francisco Giants 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a replacement for Carlos Gomez (CF) and took over in left in the bottom of the 4th.  He remained in the game and went 1-for-2: infield single (run scored), ground out to first. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 6 - Boston Red Sox 4
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits over five innings of work.  Chen was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 5 IP, 100-61 NP-S, 24 BF, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Round Rock 8 - Memphis 1 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the top of the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 18-13 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

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Hideki Matsui (TBR) took forty-one swing during batting practice on Friday and hit none over the fence.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He also told reporters that he got in touch with Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) about TJ surgery.

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Sponichi mentions the following quote from Ron Washington as an explanation for why Yu Darvish (TEX) has done well so far this year: "[Darvish], his interpreter, and I got together and did some talking [back in February].  I told him what I was expecting from him and he told me what he wanted to accomplish.  I think that allowed everyone to start things off without any issues."

Darvish lightly tossed thirty pitches in the bullpen on Friday (he also had someone standing in the batter's box).