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7/20/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Wei-Ying Chen

by on Jul.20, 2012 @ 4:36 pm, under MLB

Games from July 19:

Seattle Mariners 6 - Kansas City Royals 1
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted second.  He went 2-for-5: ground out to second, ground out to short, double to left (run scored), ground out to second, single to left. [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports, SponichiSponichi]

Tampa Bay Rays 6 - Cleveland Indians 0
Hideki Matsui (TBR) started in right and batted sixth. He went 0-for-3: strikeout swinging, fly out to right, ground out to first.  He was replaced on defense in the top of the 7th. [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Detroit Tigers 5 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and second, no out, and the Angels down 5-1.  Takahashi struck out the first two batters he faced before walking the third batter.  He was replaced after that.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 14-8 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 4 - Minnesota Twins 3
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and gave up three runs over seven inning of work.  He got the win and improved to 8-5.  Final line: 7 IP, 108-69 NP-S, 30 BF, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR, 1 HBP. [Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]

Scranton/WB 2 - Charlotte 0 (AAA)
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-2: walk, fly out to left, walk, infield single. [Nikkan Sports]

AZL Indians 8 - AZL D-backs 3 (Rookie)
Takashi Saito (AZD) started the game and did not allow a run over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) joined Hideo Nomo (123) and Tomokazu Oka (51) as the only three Japanese players to win fifty or more games in the Majors.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) played catch on Thursday for the first time in three days -- around fifteen minutes, at a max distance of about thirty-five meters.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2012