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9/11/2010: Ichiro records 2,215th career MLB hit, ties Joe DiMaggio

by on Sep.11, 2010 @ 5:45 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 10th:

Mariners - Angels
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first. He went 1-for-6: fly out to center, bunt single, fly out to left, fly out to center, strikeout swinging, fly out to left.

Ichiro has hit safely in 11 straight games.

Count down to 200: 21 games remaining, 16 more hits needed.  He also needs only 8 more hits for 3,500 NPB + MLB hits.

Ichiro's bunt single in the 3rd was his 2,215th career MLB hit.  That ties Joe DiMaggio (167th place) on the all-time hit list.

Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to left, single to left, walk, ground out to second, intentional walk, fly out to center.

Orioles 6 - Tigers 3
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th and retired the side in order for his 8th save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Cubs 4 - Brewers 0
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, E4, walk, ground out to short, ground out to the pitcher.

Dodgers 4 - Astros 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up a run over 6 innings of work.  He was not involved in the final decision.  Final line: 6 IP, 24 BF, 4 H, 3 SO, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 ER.

Braves 8 - Cardinals 6
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Phillies 8 - Mets 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 9th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Akinori Iwamura cleared waivers on the 10th and was released by the Pirates.

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Former Hiroshima Carp Colby Lewis recorded his 10th victory of the season on the 9th by beating the Blue Jays, 4-2.  Lewis is currently 10-12 with a 3.86 ERA over 177 innings of work (159 H, 57 BB, 173 SO).

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6/15/2010: Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jun.15, 2010 @ 3:53 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 14th:

Brewers 12 - Angels 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth. He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, fly out to center, ground out to first, strikeout swinging.

Cardinals 9 - Mariners 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: solo homer, ground out to second, strikeout swinging, double to left.

For Ichiro, it was his 31st lead-offhomer of his careeer.

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Former Hiroshima Carp pitcher Colby Lewis was named a co-player of the week for the period ending on June 13.  Lewis went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and struck out 15 over two starts.

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All-Star balloting update: Ichiro continues to lead all AL outfielders with 1,231,950 votes.  Hideki Matsui is still a distant second for Designated Hitters with 825,752.  And Joe Mauer still leads all players with 2,617,822 votes.

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Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Apr.10, 2010 @ 2:21 pm, under MLB
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Games from April 9th:

Rangers 6 - Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off.  He went 2-for-4: double, foul out to third, infield single (caught stealing), ground out to second.

Athletics 10 - Angels 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth.  He went 1-for-4 with an RBI: home run, fly out to short, line out to pitcher, fly out to right.  He also recorded his 600th MLB / NPB RBI of his career.

Royals 4 - Red Sox 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 8th with a 3-2 lead and gave up a run on one hit over 0.1 innings of work.

Dodgers 7 - Marlins 3
Hiroki Kuroda started and tossed 8 innings while giving up a run (not earned) on 5 hits and a walk.  He also struck out 7 and recorded his first win of the year.

Giants 5 - Braves 4
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 8th inning with 4-2 lead and tossed a perfect inning. He also struck out one.

Diamondbacks 9 - Pirates 1
Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: infield single, double in to the gap in left-center, fly out to center, double play.

Mets 8 - Nationals 2
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th with a 3-2 lead and pitched a scoreless inning and struck out one.

Reds 5 - Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th with 2 outs and hit a single to right.

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Ryota Igarashi topped out at 153km/h (95mph) during his outing on the 8th.

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Kenshin Kawakami threw about 60 pitches in the bullpen on the 8th in preparation for his start on the 10th.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka joined up with the AAA team on the 9th and will work out with them for about a week.  He's scheduled to pitch in games on the 10th and 15th.  When he gets to pitch in the Majors will be determined how he pitches in those two games.

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It seems there was a "this space available for advertising" ad during an NHK broadcast of a Pirates came on the 8th.  The ad showed up behind home plate and in Japanese (広告募集).

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Toshihisa Nishi headed for the US on Saturday.  He'll hook up with the Lancaster Barnstormers on the 12th, in time for the start of the season on the 22nd.

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Colby Lewis started his first MLB game on the 9th and beat the Mariners, 6-2.  His final line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R,  1 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO.

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Texax Rangers interested Colby Lewis?

by on Jan.04, 2010 @ 1:25 am, under Other
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It appears that the Texas Rangers are interested in former Hiroshima Carp, Colby Lewis.

Via MLB.com:

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are exploring a possible reunion with pitcher Colby Lewis, who has spent the past two years in Japan.

Lewis, who pitched for the Hiroshima Carp, wants to return to the United States, and the Rangers have some interest.

"We've developed our Pacific Rim operation the last few years, and our guys have built a solid foundation both with relationships and from a scouting perspective," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "I expect we'll be selectively involved with the right players coming over. We're aware of Colby's situation, and obviously know him from when he was in the organization."

=== UPDATE 1/16/2010 3:42pm JST

Looks like it's a done deal.

Via MLB.com:

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have reached a preliminary agreement with free-agent right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis on a two-year contract, according to industry sources.

According to FOX Sports, it seems like it might be a contract worth $5M yen with up to $500,000 in performance bonuses.

I'm very interested in seeing how Colby transitions to the MLB after having two solid season with the Carp.  My guess: Colby had good control numbers in Japan (46 walks in 354.1 inning; 1.2 BB/9) and didn't give up to many hits either (307; 7.9 H/9).  He also averaged better than a strike out per inning (369 over 354.1 innings; 9.4 K/9).

While his K rate may drop and his hit rate may go up, as long as he keeps his walk rate down, I think he'll find some success in the Majors.  My biggest concern would be his stamina.  He only spent 2 seasons in Japan so maybe he'll be alright.

(Thanks to a reader for the heads up on this story.)

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Colby Lewis to leave the Hiroshima Carp

by on Dec.14, 2009 @ 5:57 pm, under NPB
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The Hiroshima Carp announced that Colby Lewis is leaving the club due to health problems related to his family.

The Carp and Lewis were close to signing a 2-year deal prior to the announcement.

Losing Lewis will definitely hurt the Carp next season.

NPB Career

Year Team G W L Sv CG BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP BK R ER ERA WHIP
2008 Hiroshima 26 15 8 0 3 702 178.0 151 12 27 6 183 1 3 56 53 2.68 1.00
2009 Hiroshima 29 11 9 0 3 715 176.1 156 13 19 14 186 3 0 68 58 2.96 0.99
Totals 55 26 17 0 6 1417 354.1 307 25 46 20 369 4 3 124 111 2.82 1.00

=== UPDATE 12/16/2009 6:05am JST

The Carp had offered Lewis a 2-year deal worth about 176M yen (US$2M) a year.  It's possible that a team in the MLB also has an interest in Lewis.

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