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5/6/2012: Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ichiro Suzuki

by on May.06, 2012 @ 4:37 pm, under MLB

Games from May 5:

Seattle Mariners 7 - Minnesota Twins 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 1-for-2: walk, GIDP, walk (run scored), two-run triple to right (run scored). [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Kansas City Royals 3 - New York Yankees 1
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits over 4.1 innings of work.  He took the loss and dropped to 2-4.  Final line: 4.1 IP, 91-54 NP-S, 23 BF, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Chicago White Sox 3 - Detroit Tigers 2
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Dayan Viciedo in the top of the 8th.  He went 0-for-1: ground out to second.  Fukudome remained in the game and took over in left in the bottom of the 8th. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

San Francisco Giants 5 - Milwaukee Brewers 2
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: fly out to center, fly out to center, fly out to left, fly out to right, ground out to short (force). [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Las Vegas 4 - Salt Lake 2 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game in the top of the 9th and retired the side in order for his second save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 10-6 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Hideki Matsui (TBR) faced minor league pitchers during live batting practice on Saturday for the first time since September 28, 2011.  He ended up going 3-for-9 (he faced Zachary Quate and Alex Colome; saw a total thirty-one pitches and swung the bat fourteen times).

Matsui was slated to play in his first game on May 7, but it seems that has been pushed back a day until at least May 8.  The top priority for the team is to make sure Matsui is 100% when they call him up.

Matsui also started taking fielding practice on Friday at about full-speed.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's (BOS) next start has been delayed to neck pains.  NESN's Didier Morais posted the following update:

"He had a little neck issue that we wanted to make sure felt perfect before he threw a 'pen again," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "So we kept pushing the 'pen back."

The pain resides on the left side of Matsuzaka's neck, which affects his pitching mechanics out of the stretch. If Matsuzaka pitches a clean bullpen session on either Friday or Saturday, he could be poised to start for Pawtucket on Monday.