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5/15/2012: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Junichi Tazawa, Ichiro Suzuki

by on May.15, 2012 @ 4:18 pm, under MLB

Games from May 14:

Boston Red Sox 6 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to second, infield single (deflected by pitcher), ground out to second (force), single to left (run scored). [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsDaily Sports]

Oakland A's 5 - LA Angels 0
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the top of the 7th, with the Angels down 4-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 16-10 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.  [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

New York Mets 3 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Jose Veras in the top of the 8th and grounded out to third.  He remained in the game and took over in center in the bottom of the 8th. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Columbus 5 - Pawtucket 3 (AAA)
Junichi Tazawa (PAW) entered the game in the top of the 7th inning and tossed two shutout inning.  Final line: 2 IP, 26-18 NP-S, 6 BF, 0 H , 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Tacoma 13 - Round Rock 6 (AAA)
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th inning and did not allow a run over two innings of work.  Final line: 2 IP, 35-23 NP-S, 8 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Las Vegas 5 - New Orleans 3 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (LV) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and tossed two shutout innings in relief.  Final line: 2 IP, 30-17 NP-S, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Sponichi mentions that the Durham Bulls are preparing Hideki Matsui (TBR) merchandise, like t-shirts.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty pitches in the bullpen at Fenway Park on Monday in preparation for his next rehab Triple-A start on May 17.  Matsuzaka also chatted with Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) for about twenty minutes.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) threw over thirty pitches in the bullpen on Monday in preparation for his next start on May 16 (vs Oakland).

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The Consul General of Japan in Boston presented the Boston Red Sox with a cherry blossom tree during pre-game ceremonies on Monday.  From the Red Sox's press release:

In honor of Fenway Park's 100th anniversary, the Consul General of Japan in Boston, Takeshi Hikihara, will today present the Boston Red Sox with a cherry blossom tree during the pre-game ceremony before tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners. Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, Manager Bobby Valentine, and Pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will accept the cherry blossom tree on behalf of the organization.

In addition to celebrating Fenway Park's 100th anniversary, the gift also marks the 100th anniversary of Japan's original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor of Tokyo, Yukio Ozaki, to Washington, D.C. in 1912. The cherry trees in Washington, D.C. have become a symbol of the warm relations between the two countries. 

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