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6/27/2010: Hideki Matsui hits MLB career homer #150

by on Jun.27, 2010 @ 3:12 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 26th:

Angels 4 - Rockies 2
Hideki Matsui started in left and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: grand slam, ground out to second, walk.  Matsui was replaced by a pinch-runner after his walk in the 7th.

Matsui finally knocked out his 150th career MLB homer (took him 16 games).

Mariners 5 - Brewers 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to right, HBP, ground out to second, single to left, strikeout looking.

Red Sox 4 - Giants 2
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th with the Red Sox up 4-2 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

White Sox 3 - Cubs 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to first, single to center, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second.

Dodgers 9 - Yankees 4
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 4 runs over 5.1 innings of work and improved to 7-5 on the year.  Final line: 5.1 IP, 27 BF, 7 H, 5 SO, 3 BB, 4 R, 4 ER.

Braves 4 - Tigers 3
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and gave up 1 runs over 7 innings of work for his first victory in his 15th start of the year.  Kawakami is now 1-9 on the year.  Final line: 7 IP, 26 BF, 2 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

Takashi Saito entered the game in the 9th with the Braves up 4-1 and gave up 2 runs in .2 innings of work.  Final line: .2 IP, 5 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 2 BB, 2 R, 2 ER.

Twins 6 - Mets 0
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 7th with the Mets down 5-0 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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It seems the Orioles won't be activating Koji Uehara just yet.  Uehara tossed situational BP on the 24th and hasn't experienced any troubles with his right elbow since.

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For Nippon Ham pitcher Brian Sweeney recorded his first MLB victory on the 26th since 5/2006.  The victory came in a relief appearance (Sweeney entered the game in the 5th inning).  Final line: 4 IP, 13 BF, 1 H, 4 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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6/16/2010: Kenshin Kawakami, Hideki Matsui, Kazuo Matsui

by on Jun.16, 2010 @ 4:31 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 15th:

Brewers 7 - Angels 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, fly out to left, infield single, walk.  The Angels sent in a pinch-runner for Matsui after his walk in the 9th.

Cardinals 4 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to first, strikeout swinging, infield single, fly out to left, ground out to short.

Red Sox 6 - Diamondbacks 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 6th with 2 outs and a runner on first (Boston was up 6-3 at the game).  Final line: 0.2 IP, 3 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

White Sox 6 - Pirates 4
Akinori Iwamura entered the game as pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 6th for the pitcher and hit a double to right.  Iwamura did not return to the game in the top of the 7th on defense.

Athletics 9 - Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th and hit an infield single.

Dodgers 12 - Reds 0
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and tossed 5 shutout innings for his 6th win of the year.  Kuroda is now 6-4.  Final line: 5 IP, 20 BF, 3 H, 8 SO, 2 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Rays 10 - Braves 4
Kenshin Kawakami started the game and gave up 5 runs over 5 innings and dropped his 9th straight decision.  Final line: 5 IP, 27 BF, 7 H, 6 SO, 3 BB, 5 R, 2 ER.  Kawakami is still looking for his first win of the year.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second in a triple-A game against the Tacoma Rainiers on the 15th.  He went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka started playing catch on the 15th (about 15  minutes).

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With rumors of a possible trade in the works, Kosuke Fukudome told reporters that he never really thought about getting traded before.  When asked about rumors involving the Red Sox and Yankees, Fukudome said that he didn't think it would be a bad trade for him because both teams were strong.

Fukudome also mentioned that his old batting coach from his Chunichi days, Kyosuke Sasaki, visited him recently.

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Former Nippon Ham Fighter Brian Sweeney, now on the Seattle Mariners, was called up to the Majors on the 15th.

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