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3/28/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Kosuke Fukudome, Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish

by on Mar.28, 2012 @ 12:04 pm, under MLB
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Exhibition games from March 27:

Chicago White Sox 7 - Cleveland Indians 1
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in left and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-4: fly out to left, ground out to second, strikeout swinging, pop out to third in foul territory.  Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 9th inning. [Sanspo]

Philadelphia Phillies 5 - Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Ryota Igarashi (PIT) entered the game in the 6th inning, with the Pirates down 3-0, and allowed a run on four hits over one inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo, Sanspo]

Texas Rangers 10 - San Diego Padres 9
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 3rd inning, with the score tied at two, and surrendered five runs (four earned) on four hits over two innings of work.  Final line: 2 IP, 37-21 NP-S, 11 BF, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 3 HR. [Sanspo]

Koji Uehara (TEXT) entered the game in the 7th innings, with the Rangers up 8-7, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 15-10 NP-S, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo, Sanspo]

Minnesota Twins 5 - Baltimore Orioles 0
Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) started the game and gave up four runs over three innings of work.  Final line: 3 IP, 16 BF, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Sanspo]

Minor League Practice Game

Baltimore Orioles vs Minnesota Twins
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed four runs on six hits.  He faced a total twenty-seven batters and threw eighty-five pitches. [Sanspo]

Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started at short and batted second.  He went 3-for-4, including a double to left and a single to center off Chen. [Sanspo]

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The New York Yankees announced that Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) will start the home opener at Yankee Stadium against the LA Angels (April 13).  US reports, like Newsday, simply mention that Kuroda will most likely start the home opener since he will be starting the second game of the season on April 7.

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Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) spent about forty-five minutes taking over 200 swings of the bat during soft-toss BP after Tuesday's games.

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Norichika Aoki (MIL) did not play in Tuesday's exhibition game after he felt discomfort in his right hamstring while running out a triple on Monday.  The injury is not considered serious as he did participate in team workouts.

Said Aoki, "It felt like it cramped up on me when I ran. ... I will consider this as a nice break.  I will take advantage of [the break]."

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Yu Darvish (TEX) was scheduled to toss a bullpen session on Tuesday, but instead did some long distance throwing (about forty meters) with pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Texas Rangers' mascot, Rangers Captain, reportedly feels Darvish will win seventeen of the team's ninety-five victories this season.

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Via Nikkan SportsMASNsports.com's Steve Melewski tweeted that Baltimore Orioles released Ryohei Tanaka on Tuesday.

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The Oakland A's and Seattle Mariners each worked out for about two hours at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday.

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About 1,000 people attended an MLB Opening Series Welcome Reception at a hotel in Tokyo Tuesday night.

Yomiuri Giants chairman Tsuneo Watanabe later told reporters that he spoke to Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) about becoming manager of the Giants (in the future) and was politely told that he was committed to being a player.

3/14/2012: Junichi Tazawa, Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 6:30 pm, under MLB
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Exhibition games from March 13:

Boston Red Sox 1 - New York Yankees 0
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the 9th, with the Red Sox up 1-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He was also credited with a save and topped out at 94mph (~151km/h).  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo, Sanspo]

Seattle Mariners 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, ground out to first (force, picked off first), ground out to first.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Sanspo, Sponichi]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-1: strikeout looking, sac bunt.  Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Sanspo, Sponichi]

Texas Rangers 8 - Cleveland Indians 8
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits and four walks over three innings of work.  Final line: 3 IP, 61 NP, 13 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Rangers up 7-2, and allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits and one walk over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He also had Carl Crawford stand in the batter's box partway through the session.  Assuming no problems, Matsuzaka may get to toss live batting practice within the next few days.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) did not play again on Tuesday and told reporters that he was fine and that there was nothing wrong.  He did take part in fielding and hitting practices.  Nishioka will most likely return to the starting line at short on Wednesday.

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Ryohei Tanaka (BAL) is trying to make the MLB roster.  Said Tanaka, "I need to put up some good results.  I am approaching this as if I should quit if I do not make it out of triple-A."

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Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) will likely play some third against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

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A Cleveland Indians scout is apparently concerned about how Yu Darvish (TEX) throws the ball after wiping his sweat with his right hand.  Sanspo notes that on July 24, 2007, an umpire saw Daisuke Matsuzaka touching the baseball after wiping sweat with his throwing hand and called the pitch a ball.

Daily Sports notes that the Texas Rangers hired former Yokohama Bay Stars interpreter Gong Wen (ゴン・ウェン) to help out -- he can speak Chinese, Japanese, and English.

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9/12/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome, Koji Uehara

by on Sep.12, 2011 @ 10:35 am, under MLB
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Games from the 11th:

Kansas City Royals 2 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: fly out to left, ground out to second, ground out to second, RBI double (28) to right.  Ichiro now needs 32 hits in 16 games for 200.

Cleveland Indians 7 - Chicago White Sox 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, pop out to third in foul territory, intentional walk, intentional walk, fly out to center.

Texas Rangers 8 - Oakland A's 1
Koji Uehara entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Rangers up 8-0, and gave up a solo homer to Eric Sogard over his one inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 5 BF, 21-17 NP-S, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.

New York Yankees 6 - LA Angels 5
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the top of the 9th, with the Angels down 6-5, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line:  1 IP, 4 BF, 18-9 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

San Francisco Giants 8 - Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 3 runs over 4.2 innings of work.  Final line: 4.2 IP, 23 BF, 94-58 NP-S, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.  Kuroda took the loss and dropped to 11-16.

Chicago Cubs 10 - New York Mets 6
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the top of the 11th, with the bases loaded, no out, and the Mets down 5-4, and proceeded to allow all three inherited runners, plus one of his own, to score on back-to-back doubles.  He did manage to retire the third batter he faced on a fly out to center, but that was it for him.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 3 BF, 15-10 NP-S, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Potomac Nationals 6 - Frederick Keys 1
Ryohei Tanaka started the game and tossed 6 shutout innings.  He did not get a decision.  Final line: 6 IP, 22 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR.

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MLB.com's Ken Gurnick notes that LA Dodgers GM Ned Colletti would like Hiroki Kuroda back next season:

He's also interested in bringing back starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, despite indications that Kuroda might want to return and play in Japan before retiring.

"If he wants to come back," said Colletti, "I'd love to entertain it."

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5/24/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on May.24, 2011 @ 11:25 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 23rd:

Seattle Mariners 8 - Minnesota Twins 7
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-4: walk (run scored), infield single, single to right, ground out to second, RBI ground out to short, sac bunt.

LA Angels 4 - Oakland A's 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to first, sac fly to center, pop out to short, single to left.

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Kinston Indians 5 - Potomac Nationals 3
Toru Murata started the game and did not allow a run over 3.2 innings of work.  Final line: 3.2 IP, 14 BF,2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR.

Frederick Keys 4 - Wilmington Blue Rocks 1
Ryohei Tanaka entered the game in the 8th (runners on second and third, 2 out, and the Keys up 2-1) and did not allow a run to score over 1.1 innings work.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 5 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

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Ron Gardenhire told reporters that he figured Tsuyoshi Nishioka will need 40-50 at bats before he's ready to rejoin the club.  A snip from the StarTrinbue:

Nishioka fractured his left fibula on April 7, so it will be seven weeks on Thursday. Gardenhire said Nishioka likely will need at least 40 to 50 at-bats before being ready to come off the DL.

"I definitely want to give him time," Gardenhire said. "I've seen other guys come back quick, and it didn't work out."

MLB.com also has this update:

Nishioka, who has been sidelined since April 7 with a broken left fibula, has made a lot of progress in his rehabilitation at the club's Spring Training facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

"[He] did very good today," McWane said. "They've increased his workouts, he's doing just about everything he can on the field. His agility drills are going great and he's very close to playing in a game. We anticipate, maybe by the end of the week, he'll be playing in games."

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The Texas Rangers called Yoshinori Tateyama up from Triple-A on the 23rd.  A snip from an ESPN update:

Coming to Arlington is 35-year-old reliever Yoshinori Tateyama. Heading south on I-35 are infielder Chris Davis, catcher Taylor Teagarden and reliever Cody Eppley.

The Rangers needed two roster spots to activate Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

Tateyama, a side-arming right-hander, in 14 appearances was 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA for the Express. He is in uniform tonight.

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5/3/2011: Hideki Matsui, Hideki Okajima, Hisanori Takahashi

by on May.03, 2011 @ 2:29 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 2nd:

Oakland A's 5 - Texas Rangers 4
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-5: ground out to third, ground out to the pitcher, RBI ground out to the pitcher, ground out tot second, walk-off solo homer to right.  Matsui is now just 4 home runs away from a career 500 (332 NPB + 164 MLB) homers.

Boston Red Sox 9 - LA Angles 5
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the top of the 9th with a runner on first, 1 out, and the Red Sox up 9-4.  He allowed the inherited runner to score, but retired the next two batters to end the game.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 3 BF, 12-8 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 7th, with the Angels down 3-2, and retired the first batter he faced, but gave up a single and a double to the next two batters and was yanked from the game.  Both runners would come around to score after his departure.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 3 BF, 9-7 NP-S, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Winston-Salem Dash 8 - Frederick Keys 5
Ryohei Tanaka started the game and gave up a run over 3 innings of work.  Final line: 3 IP, 12 BF, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka arrived in Florida on the 2nd.  He'll begin working with a trainer on the 3rd -- he'll begin ramping up his rehab with the addition of fielding and batting practice.

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5/1/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Okajima, Hideki Matsui

by on May.01, 2011 @ 1:01 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 30th:

Seattle Mariners 2 - Boston Red Sox 0
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-3: single to center (steals second), walks (run scored), ground out to second, walk, single to center (steals second).  Ichiro has hit safely in 8 straight games; has 4 straight multi-hit games; has a total 14 multi-hit games so far this season; and finished with 39 hits in the month of April.

Hideki Okajima (BOS) entered the game in the 7th and did not allow a run over 1.2 innings of work (he left in the 8th with no one on and 2 out).  Final line: 1.2 IP, 5 BF, 20-13 NP-S, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 11 - Oakland A's 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 1-for-4: pop out to short, ground out to second, single to right, strikeout swinging.

Baltimore Orioles 6 - Chicago White Sox 2
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 8th, with the Orioles up 6-1, and gave up a run (on a solo homer) over 2 innings of work.  Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 33-25 NP-S, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.

Tampa Bay Rays 2 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th, with the Angels down 1-0, and tossed 1.2 innings of shutout ball (he left in the 9th with a runner on second and 2 out).  Final line: 1.2 IP, 6 BF, 20-17 NP-S, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 5 - Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-5: ground out to short, ground out to second, fly out to left, strikeout looking, ground out to the pitcher (run scored).

SD Padres 5 - LA Dodgers 2
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 7 innings of work.  Final line: 7 IP, 27 BF, 100-68 NP-S, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO, 0 HR.

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Trenton Thunder 4 - New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1
Kei Igawa entered the game partway through the 5th (runner on second and 2 out; gets through inning without allowing inherited runner to score) and did not allow a run over 2.1 innings of work.  Final line: 2.1 IP, 8 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.  Igawa was credited with the win and is now 1-0 on the year.

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Tests did not reveal any structural damage in Daisuke Matsuzaka's right elbow.  His next start (scheduled for 5/5) will likely be pushed back.

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Takashi Saito won't be allowed to pitch for about 4-6 weeks due to a strained left oblique.  He also received a cortisone shot for the inflammation / pain on the 30th.

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Ryohei Tanaka was transferred to Single-A Aberdeen on the 4/29 (from Double-A Bowie).

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4/24/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Apr.24, 2011 @ 1:32 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 23rd:

Oakland A's 9 - Seattle Mariners 1
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted first.  He went 3-for-4: ground out to the pitcher, single to left, double to right, single to left.  This was Ichiro's 2nd straight multi-hit game and 9th of the season.

Hideki Matsui (OAK) was the starting DH and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, strikeout swinging, walk (run scored), strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging.

Boston Red Sox 5 - LA Angels 0
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and tossed 8 shutout innings for his second victory of the year.  He is now 2-2.  Final line: 8 IP, 28 BF, 115-78 NP-S, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 SO, 0 HR.

Chicago Cubs 10 - LA Dodgers 8
Kosuke Fukudome entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th and walked and scored a run.  He did not take the field in the top of the 9th.

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Oklahoma City RedHawks 5 - Round Rock Express 0
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 8th and tossed 2 shutout innings.  Final line: 2 IP, 10 BF, 42-26 NP-S, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 1 HBP.

Erie SeaWolves 15 - Bowie Baysox 6
Ryohei Tanaka entered the game in the 5th with runners on first and second, 2 out, and Bowie down 10-5.  In addition to the 4 runs he gave up over 1.1 innings of work, Tanaka also allowed one of the inherited runners to score before getting out of the 5th.  Final line: 1.1 IP, 9 BF, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka latest blog update (from 4/23) says he's able to walk a lot lately and that the only thing he's waiting for now is the bone to heal.  From the sounds of it, he also returned to Japan.  (via Nikkan Sports)

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Kenshin Kawakami told the Birmingham News he was shocked about his demotion to Double-A. (via Nikkan Sports)

"To be honest, I didn't expect to be in this situation," Kawakami said through a translator. "For me, the only shocking part was skipping Triple A down to Double A. But there must be reasons for that. Nothing disappointing.

"But at the same time, I've been treated so well from coaches and managers and players. They are working hard with me so I can get back to the major leagues. I just need to work on my own abilities."

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ESPN's Jim Caple has posted an article on the relationship between Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui.  It's an interesting. (via Nikkan Sports)

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3/29/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.29, 2011 @ 10:57 am, under MLB
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From exhibition games on the 28th:

Seattle Mariners 7 - Colorado Rockies 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 6th).  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, ground out to second, DP.

San Francisco Giants 4 - Oakland A's 3
Hideki Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and fouled out to third.

Minnesota Twins 4 - Pittsburgh Pirates 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (replaced by a pinch-runner in the 5th).  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: fly out to left, fly out to center, RBI infield hit.

Cleveland Indians 4 - Chicago Cubs 3
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 8th).  He went 0-for-4: ground out to second, fly out to left, strikeout looking, ground out to second.

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - San Diego Padres 4
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 9th, with the Brewers up 5-4, and tossed a shutout inning relief: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.  He also picked up a save.

LA Angels 5 - LA Dodgers 4
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 8th, the with Dodgers down 4-3, and tossed a shutout inning in relief: 1 IP, 2 H, 0  R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.  He got the win.

Baltimore Orioles 14 - Detroit Tigers 9
Ryohei Tanaka entered the game in the 9th, with the Orioles up 14-3, and gave up 6 runs in .1 innings of work: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Hideki Okajima was demoted to the minors on the 28th and will begin the season and AAA Pawtucket (0-0, 5.14 ERA, 7 G, 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 0 HB, 1 BB, 8 SO).

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A local paper in Oakland apparently put together a 1-page special on Hideki Matsui.

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MLB.com's Bryan Hoch tweets that Romulo Sanchez's rights are being sold to a Japanese team.

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The Red Sox announced that they released Itsuki Shoda.

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The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Norther California (JCCCNC) collected donations during the Oakland A's - San Francisco Giants exhibition game at AT&T Park on the 28th.  For more information on what the JCCCNC is doing to help raise money, be sure to check out their Northern Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

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9/4/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Kazuo Matsui, Ryohei Tanaka

by on Sep.04, 2010 @ 3:30 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 3rd:

Mariners 1 - Indians 0
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: infield single, fly out to center, ground out to second, fly out to short.

Ichiro has hit safely in 5 straight games.

Count down to 200: 27 games remaining, 26 more hits needed.

Cubs 7 - Mets 6
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, fly out to second, ground out to the pitcher, strikeout swinging.

Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th, with two out and the Mets down 7-6, and gave up a double to the one batter he faced. Final line: 0.0 IP, 1 BF, 1 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Marlins - Braves
Kenshin Kawakami started the game  Final line: 3 IP, 18 BF, 5 H, 2 SO, 4 BB, 5 R, 5 ER.

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Kazuo Matsui went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and 2 runs scored against the triple-A Sacramento River Cats on the 3rd.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Ryohei Tanaka started a game against the double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels on the 3rd and got the win with 5-shutout innings of work.  Tanaka is now 8-12 on the year.  Final line: 18 BF, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

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8/30/2010: Ichiro Suzuki, Kosuke Fukudome, Takashi Saito

by on Aug.30, 2010 @ 8:14 pm, under MLB
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Games from the 29th:

Mariners 2 - Twins 1
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first.  He went 0-for-4: ground out to short, ground out to second, fly out to left, ground out to second.

This was the second straight game that Ichiro was held hitless.  He also did not speak to the media after the game.

Count down to 200: 32 games remaining, 35 more hits needed.

Orioles 1 - Angels 0
Hideki Matsui entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 8th with 2 out and struck out looking.  He did not return to the game in the top of the 9th.

Koji Uehara entered the game in the 9th with runners on first and third and needed just one pitch to end the inning and pick up his 4th save of the year.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 1 BF, 0 H, 0 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Rays 5 - Red Sox 3
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 7th with 1 out and runners on first and second and the Red Sox up 4-3.  Okajima struck out the first batter he faced, but then allowed one of the runners he inherited to score on an RBI single to center.  A walk and a fly out later, he was finally out of the inning.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Reds 7 - Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted eighth.  He went 1-for-3: line out to second, fly out to right, intentional walk, 2-run homer to right.

Braves 7 - Marlins 6
Takashi Saito entered the game in the 9th with the Braves down 6-4 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  The Braves rallied for three runs (2-run homer and a walk-off solo homer) in the bottom of the inning to give Saito his 2nd victory of the year.  Saito is now 2-3.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 2 SO, 1 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

Mets 5 - Astros 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 9th with the Mets up 5-1 and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

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Kazuo Matsui went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored against the triple-A Salt Lake Bees on the 29th.  Matsui started at second and batted first.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and two RBI against the triple-A Columbus Clippers on the 29th.  Iwamura started at third and batted second.

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Ryohei Tanaka started a double-A game against the New Britain Rock Cats on the 29th and gave up 3 runs (one earned) over 5 innings of work for the victory.  Tanaka is now 7-12 on the year.  Final line: 23 BF, 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR.

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