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7/4/2012: Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui

by on Jul.04, 2012 @ 4:39 pm, under MLB

Games from July 3:

Baltimore Orioles 5 - Seattle Mariners 4 [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started the game in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, ground out to third, strikeout swinging, ground out to second (force). [Daily Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game as a pinch-runner for John Jaso in the bottom of the 8th.  He took over at short in the top of the 9th.

Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed two runs over 7.1 innings of work.  He did not get the decision.  Final line: 7.1 IP, 97-73 NP-S, 24 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 9 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi]

Cleveland Indians 7 - LA Angels 5
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th, with runners on second and third, one out, and the game tied at five.  Both inherited runners scored on a ground out to first followed by a throwing E3.  After issuing a walk to the next batter, Takahashi retired the next four batters he faced.  Final line: 1.2 IP, 27-17 NP-S, 6 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Chicago White Sox 19 - Texas Rangers 2
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the bottom of the 5th, with runners on first and second, two out, and the Rangers down 9-0.  Tateyama allowed both inherited runners to score, in addition to five other runs, before getting the final out of the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 17-9 NP-S, 7 BF, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Daily Sports, Sponichi, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 13 - Miami Marlins 12
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted second.  He went 1-for-5: strikeout swinging, RBI single to left (run scored), pop out to third, sac fly to right, strikeout swinging, fly out to center.  Aoki extended his hitting streak to ten games. [Daily Sports, Daily SportsSponichi, Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Rochester 5 - Pawtucket 3 (AAA)
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at second and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout looking, single to right, ground out to short, walk (run scored). [Nikkan Sports]

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An update on Hideki Matsui (TBR), from The Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith:

DH/OF Hideki Matsui, pulled from Monday's game with left hamstring tightness, was encouraged by how he felt Tuesday, saying he took some swings in the cage and was available to pinch-hit. Maddon said Matsui felt better than he and the Rays anticipated, and he should avoid the disabled list. Matsui said the next test is running, which could happen today, and he hopes to be able to play the field in a day or two.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) was placed on the fifteen-day disabled list on Tuesday.  From MLB.com's Ian Browne:

Right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, one day after he was shelled during an abbreviated outing against the Athletics in which he gave up gave up four hits on five runs and threw a career-low of 28 pitches in the Red Sox's 6-1 loss.

Clearly, Matsuzaka was hampered by a neck injury which prevented him from making a side session between starts. It is the same injury -- to the trap muscle on the right side -- that caused him discomfort during Spring Training and in late May, when he was on his Minor League rehab assignment.

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The Seattle Mariners became the first team to start three Japanese players -- Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, and Munenori Kawasaki -- in one game on Tuesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/4/2012

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Nippon Ham and a Nippon Ham Fighters fan group in Hokkaido will be doing what they can to get people in Japan to vote for Yu Darvish (TEX).  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/3/2012

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Eri Yoshida's next start will likely come against the San Rafael Pacfics on July 6.  Source: Daily Sports 7/4/2012

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