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7/26/2012: Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jul.26, 2012 @ 3:39 pm, under MLB

Games from July 25:

New York Yankees 5 - Seattle Mariners 2 [Daily SportsDaily Sports, Nikkan Sports]
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to second, ground out to first, single to center (caught trying to steal second), pop out to third, ground out to third. [Sponichi, Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, fly out to center, strikeout swinging.

HIsashi Iwakuma (SEA) started the game and gave up a run over five innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 5 IP, 95-54 NP-S, 22 BF, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Philadelphia Phillies 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 6
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Livan Hernandez in the top of the 8th.  Aoki remained in the game and took over in right in the bottom of the 8th.  He went 0-for-2: strikeout swinging, ground out to second (force). [Daily Sports, Nikkan SportsNikkan Sports]

Charlotte 4 - Scranton/WB 3 (AAA) [Nikkan Sports]
Kosuke Fukudome (SWB) started in left and batted sixth.  He went 1-for-2: walk, walk, walk, ground out to second, single to center.

Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the bottom of the 11th and allowed an unearned walk-off run to score.  He took the loss and is 2-3.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 9-7 NP-S, 3 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Rochester 5 - Syracuse 3 (AAA) [Nikkan Sports]
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (ROC) started at short and batted first. He went 2-for-4: strikeout swinging, single to center, bunt ground out to the pitcher, single to right (run scored).

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Hideki Matsui was DFAed by the Tampa Bay Rays.  From MLB.com's Greg Luca:

Hideki Matsui has been designated for assignment to make room for infielder Ryan Roberts on the 25- and 40-man rosters, the Rays announced on Wednesday.

The Rays have 10 days to either trade Matsui, release him or place him on waivers.

... Rays manager Joe Maddon said the team did everything it could to leave Matsui with options. According to Maddon, Matsui said he'd take some time to mull over his options, including a potential return to Triple-A Durham.

... "He was very grateful for the opportunity, and he was also upset at himself for not having performed better right now," Maddon said. "Very accountable, straight up, straightforward guy."

... "I still see the body is in good shape," Maddon said. "He's just having a hard time getting it going based on no Spring Training [and a] long layoff."

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw over thirty pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.  He is slated to toss another session on Friday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/26/2012