Tag:Hideki Matsui
Posted on: December 9, 2009 8:22 pm

Orioles could become players on Hideki Matsui

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Orioles, in the market for another starting pitcher, a closer, a corner infielder and a middle-of-the-lineup bat, could become a serious player for designated hitter Hideki Matsui depending on how things play out there with the Yankees and where Matsui might turn next.

"I don't think there's any question he's still a productive hitter," Orioles president Andy MacPhail said Wednesday night. "He showed us that this postseason.

"We have positions to fill."

Baltimore's first priorities are to find another starter, a closer and a corner infielder, but after that. ...

"It's always possible," MacPhail said. "We're looking for a middle of the order bat.

"[He's] somebody who's on our board. We have a great deal of admiration and respect for how he plays the game."

Posted on: May 9, 2008 11:22 pm

Yankees' plane done left

DETROIT -- How are things going for the New York Yankees right about now?

Well, let's see. Reliever Chris Britton was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday. He had a 9 p.m. flight out of Detroit.

Reliever Jonathan Albaladejo worked 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Friday night before departing with a 2-and-0 count on Placido Polanco in the sixth inning here Friday night with a sore right elbow.

"I think that occurred around 9:10," Yankees manager Joe Girardi noted.

So the Yanks were sending word to Britton: Abort flight!

"He'll turn around and come back now," Girardi said.

And Albaladejo will fly to New York for an MRI on his elbow.

"At first the pain was like a needle going into my elbow," Albaladejo said. "I just couldn't do it no more. It was kind of like a burn."

According to Girardi, it's either a strained muscle or sprained ligament. Either way, the Yankees' bullpen took another hit.

Oh, and Hideki Matsui's 17-game hitting streak came to an end. OK, so he wasn't exactly close to the club-record 56 put together by a fella named Joe DiMaggio back in 1947. Still ... Matsui was 0-for-4 when he came up to bat in the ninth with Bobby Abreu on second base, two out and the Yanks trailing 6-5.

Detroit manager Jim Leyland called for closer Todd Jones to intentionally walk Matsui. Shelly Duncan ended the game with a fly ball to center.

"I wasn't surprised at all," Girardi said of Leyland's interesting strategical maneuver which involved putting the go-ahead run on base. "You're talking about a veteran player who has been in this situation a long time vs. a young man who hasn't been in it much at this level."

Oh, and entering the game? Matsui led the AL with a .426 on-base percentage, and his .345 batting average was second in the AL to Minnesota's Joe Mauer, who checked in at .346.

Likes: Toronto's Roy Halladay already having pitched four complete games this season. ... Detroit's home whites. ... The out-of-town scoreboard -- in whatever stadium you're sitting in. ... Former umpire Bruce Froemming now hanging around press boxes. ... The cheeseburgers at Miller's Bar in Dearborn are fabulous.

Dislikes: Interstate 75 closed for a couple of miles just south of Detroit as Michigan's never-ending road construction continues.

Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"It's a beautiful day
"Don't let it get away"

-- U2, Beautiful Day

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