2007-05-28 05:23:07 | MLB
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Daisuke Matsuzaka felt much better yesterday and said he does not anticipate the sudden illness that limited him to only five innings in Friday’s 10-6 win over the Texas Rangers will prevent him from making his next start.

Matsuzaka’s stomach flu required him to be treated with intravenous fluids when he left the game on Friday. A Rangers physician examined him last night and determined that the primary problem was dehydration.

“I still haven’t figured out exactly what happened (Friday) night, but fortunately I feel better today,” Matsuzaka said in a statement. “I think above all else, I need to focus on getting game ready for my next start (Wednesday vs. Cleveland). I also feel I have to be ever conscious about monitoring my health."

The illness, which developed in the second inning on Friday, began with cramping and progressed to nausea and vomiting. Even so, pitching coach John Farrell and manager Terry Francona were still pleased enough with the way he was pitching that they planned to let him go longer.

“I was actually going to let him go back out for the sixth, but when I went to check on him, he was bent over (vomiting),” Francona said. “Me being the second coming of Casey Stengel, that was all I needed to see.”

Farrell said the five runs Matsuzaka allowed in the fourth inning had nothing to do with his illness, but were a result of not changing speeds and mixing up his pitches effectively. Even so, his desire to continue pitching impressed his bosses.

“We’ve all had the flu and you don’t want to be pitching, you want to go under the covers and be miserable,” Francona said. “He managed somehow to throw the ball 95 mph past (Frank) Catalanotto to end the (fifth) inning. That’s just willing yourself to do something.”

Matsuzaka issued a statement after Friday’s game apologizing for being a “burden” to the team because he wasn’t able to pitch deep in the game, which impressed Francona.

“That’s part of what makes him special,” he said. “I don’t think that’s culture, that’s the person, like (Curt) Schilling with the bloody sock. That’s not Japanese, that’s someone willing themselves to be a good player.”

Matsuzaka has won his last six decisions, the second-longest streak in the majors behind teammate Josh Beckett [stats]’s seven. Matsuzaka is the first Sox rookie to win six straight decisions since Aaron Sele went 6-0 over eight starts in 1993. The last Sox rookie with a longer streak was Mike Nagy, who went 7-0 in 12 starts in 1969.



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2007-05-27 09:19:18 | MLB
4月27日 ヤンキース戦、4回4点
5月3日 マリナーズ戦、1回5点
5月25日 レンジャース戦 4回4点



2007-05-27 09:13:27 | MLB
Daisuke Matsuzaka had to battle more than the Texas Rangers lineup Friday night.

Matsuzaka left the game after five innings because of nausea. He earned his seventh win of the season anyway as the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 10-6 Friday night.

Boston manager Terry Francona said Matsuzaka started feeling bad in the second inning and struggled through the five innings needed for him to win his fourth straight start.

''He showed a lot staying out there and pitching,'' Francona said. ''He gave us five. He gave up five but they got to our bullpen later because he was able to stay out there.''

Matsuzaka - who Francona says will have ''the most covered case of intestinal turmoil ever'' didn't come out for the sixth inning and was relieved by Kyle Snyder .

Matsuzaka (7-2) was not seen in the clubhouse after the game and he spoke only through a statement.

''I tried my best to take the team as deep into the game as possible to fulfill my responsibility as the starter,'' Matsuzaka said in the statement. ''I regret that I ended up being a burden on my teammates (Friday). I'll do my best to prepare for my next start.''

Matsuzaka gave up home runs to Frank Catalanotto and Ramon Vazquez in a five-run fourth that put the Rangers ahead 5-4.

Boston regained the lead by scoring twice in the fifth before Matsuzaka ran into more trouble in the bottom half of the frame.

He escaped by getting Sammy Sosa to ground into a double play and striking out Frank Catalanotto to end the inning.

The Red Sox added four in the sixth to lift Matsuzaka to a win in his fourth straight start.

Matsuzaka gave up five runs and seven hits and matched his shortest outing of the season. He is tied for the league lead with seven wins along with teammate Josh Beckett , the Angels' John Lackey and the Braves' John Smoltz .

Sosa faced the Japanese sensation for the first time ever and went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and a strikeout in his pursuit to become the fifth player ever to hit 600 home runs. Sosa has 598.


MLB 過小評価の選手ランキング

2007-05-27 09:06:16 | MLB
No. 1 -- Roy Oswalt Starting Pitcher Houston Astros
No. 2 -- Trevor Hoffman Relief Pitcher San Diego Padres
No. 3 -- Hanley Ramirez Shortstop Florida Marlins
No. 4 -- Jake Peavy Starting Pitcher San Diego Padres
No. 5 -- C.C. Sabathia Starting Pitcher Cleveland Indians
No. 6 -- Carl Crawford Left Field Tampa Bay Devil Rays
No. 7 -- Placido Polanco Second Base Detroit Tigers
No. 8 -- Kevin Youkilis First Base Boston Red Sox
No. 9 -- Joe Nathan Relief Pitcher Minnesota Twins
No. 10 -- Travis Hafner Designated Hitter Cleveland Indians



Top Japanese Import - 2

2007-05-25 06:00:28 | MLB
For Worse
1. Hideki Okajima, P, Red Sox: Okajima nearly tied a Red Sox record for consecutive scoreless innings, before ending at 20 2/3. In deeper leagues, where you have distinct spots for middle relievers, Okajima has been terrific. He is not as valuable in a typical 5x5 league where you don't get credit for his 10 holds. Plus, the microscopic ERA and fantastic K-to-walk ratio cannot continue. Okajima was a good in Japan, but not great, with a 3.36 lifetime ERA in 11 seasons. At 31 he's a little too old to suddenly be finding himself. He is due for a market correction.

2. Tadahito Iguchi, 2B: White Sox: Iguchi is blaming an injured finger for a slow start. He supposedly is healthier now and briefly got his average as high as .252. However, it's tumbled once again, dropping back down to the .220s. The offensive malaise in Chicago is hurting Iguchi. He's not going to score many runs as long as Jermaine Dye, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Crede are mired in slumps. Iguchi is not a streaky hitter and usually hits somewhat better early in the year. Don't expect a huge June to fix his season.

3. Kenji Johjima, C, Mariners: Johjima was a 30-homer, .300-hitting All-Star in Japan. As a rookie last year he hit for average (.291) and decent power (18 homers). The big concern about Johjima is that like some Japanese stars, he has come over to America a little past his prime. He will turn 31 next month, an advanced age for a backstop. Last year's stats are probably the high-water mark for him in his American career.

4. Tomo Ohka, SP, Blue Jays: Ohka's best years were with the Montreal Expos in 2002 and 2003, while injuries slowed him down last season. Ohka started this season in the rotation, and then was demoted to the bullpen. He will get another chance to start with Roy Halladay on the DL, but he is a big reach for any fantasy league. The cool months of April and May are historically when Ohka does best. When the weather thermometer goes up, so does Ohka's ERA.

5. So Taguchi, OF, Cardinals: Last season's postseason hero is on pace for a 300 at-bat season. He gets the occasional start to spell the slumping Jim Edmonds, but so far Taguchi has hit no better than Edmonds. No reason to expect much playing time for the 37-year-old Taguchi unless Edmonds goes on the DL.

Dishonorable Mention

Kei Igawa, SP, Yankees: The Yankees were suffering from some Dice-K envy when they signed Igawa for five years. He's been so bad that they demoted him all the way to Single-A ball. Now the Yankees are retooling his delivery. It looks like a lost season for Igawa.


Top Japanese Import

2007-05-25 05:56:16 | MLB
When the 2007 season started, Suzuki was joined by 12 fellow citizens around the majors. This is a sign of a growing, but gradual trend. Baseball players can make good money in Japan, unlike the Dominican Republic, for example. So we're not likely to see a huge flood, just a steady flow. The middling talents will stay in Japan, but the stars will want to prove themselves in America. That's why nearly all of the Japanese players in MLB should be on your fantasy radar.

For Better
1. Daisuke Matsuzaka, SP, Red Sox: Dice-K had a couple of rough outings in late April/early May, but he's back in a grove, recently winning AL player of the week honors. Dice-K is second in the league in wins and fifth in strikeouts. He's tough to hit and he has good control. Dice-K's good start is sustainable and consistent with his track record in Japan.

2. Akinori Otsuka, RP, Rangers: Otsuka was the Rangers' closer while Eric Gagne was on the disabled list. With Gagne back, Otsuka still has value in deeper leagues, especially ones that give credit for holds. He's also still valuable as a handcuff given that Gagne has pitched just 22 2/3 innings since the end of the 2004 season. Otsuka's trade value will be at its lowest right now with Gagne back. But he'll still get save chances as as the Rangers take it easy with Gagne, so he's a nice "buy low" opportunity.

3. Takashi Saito, RP, Dodgers: If the Dodgers had re-signed Gagne, then Saito's and Otsuka's fortunes would be reversed. Saito is now one of the best closers in baseball, with his 14 saves third in the NL. He has not blown a save in his last 23 tries going back to last season. His other stats are stunning: more than a strikeout per inning, a sub-2.00 ERA and a sub-1.00 WHIP. That's Dennis Eckersley numbers. Expect Saito to maintain high value and potentially lead the NL in saves.

4. Hideki Matsui, OF, Yankees: Matsui was slowed by a bad hammy in April, but he's healthy now and back to his old self. Before breaking his wrist last season, Matsui was one of the game's most durable players. Expect run production consistent with what he did in his first three seasons with the Yankees: .297, 23 HR, 110 RBIs and 100 runs scored. Lately he's been hitting third between Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, an ideal spot for the left-handed Matsui.

5. Akinori Iwamura, 3B, Devil Rays: Iwamura was a .300-30-100 hitter in Japan. He played 18 games for Tampa Bay before an oblique strain put him on the DL. You probably won't see him back with the Devil Rays until early June, but he definitely will be worth a waiver pick at that time. Iwamura is only 28 and in his prime.

Honorable Mention

Kazuo Matsui, 2B, Rockies: Unlike the other Matsui, Kaz was a flop in New York. He turned his American career around when he was dealt to Colorado. He is a lifetime .400 hitter at Coors Field and is also a cheap source of steals as long as he stays off the disabled list.