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5/9/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Matsui, Tomochika Tsuboi

by on May.09, 2012 @ 4:41 pm, under MLB

Games from May 8:

Detroit Tigers 6 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batetd third.  He went 1-for-4: pop out to second, RBI single to right (run scored), fly out to left, fly out to second, IBB. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Chicago White Sox 5 - Cleveland Indians 3
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Dayan Viciedo in the top of the 10th inning and flied out to center.  Fukudome took over in left in the bottom of the 10th. [Nikkan Sports]

Minnesota Twins 4 - LA Angels 0
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (runner on first, two out, and the Angels down 4-0) and got Joe Mauer to ground out to second to end the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 3-1 NP-S, 1 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Texas Rangers 10 - Baltimore Orioles 3
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the game in the bottom of the 7th inning (Rangers up 8-1) and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 15-11 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 8 - Cincinnati Reds 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a defensive replacement in left in the top of the 9th inning. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Round Rock 11 - Salt Lake 9
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and gave up three runs (none earned) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 24-17 NP-S, 6 BF, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma visited an elementary school on Tuesday as part of the Seattle Mariners D.R.E.A.M. program.

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Kosuke Fukudome's (CWS) single to center in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians (Game 1) was the 7,000th hit collected by a Japanese player.  Masanori Murakami collected the first hit on June 29, 1965.

Japanese players are also three homers away from 500.

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Hideki Matsui (TBR) wore the number fifty-five during practice on Tuesday.  During situational batting practice, Matsui was the starting DH and batted third -- he collected a two-run double to right-center in his first at bat, grounded out to first in his second at bat, and flied out to center in his third at bat.

Matsui faced Bryan Augenstein during batting practice on Monday and collected two hits (eight swings) on fourteen pitches.

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WEEI's Alex Speier provides the following update on Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS):

While Matsuzaka reported no problems in the neck issue that delayed his latest outing by a few days, he acknowledged that his rebuilt elbow varies on a day-to-day basis. That being the case, he did not exude certainty about whether he might be ready to return to the majors with another couple of starts.

"Overall, my body feels good, so that's fine, but my elbow, depending on the day — some days it feels better than others. Right now, I'm hoping when I start, it hits the day I'm feeling good," he told reporters. "Regarding being ready in two more games, it's hard to say because it's a step-by-step process, a game-by-game process. I'll just go see how I pitch my next outing and see how that goes and see where I stand then."

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Tomochika Tsuboi will continue his playing career with the San Rafael Pacifics (North American Baseball League).  Tsuboi will head to the States last this month.