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Hideki Matsui from the Chronology
Sep 12, 2006 - Bobby Abreu drives in 7 runs, including 3 in the Yankees 9-run first inning, as the Bronx Bombers whip Tampa Bay, 12–4. The Yanks score 3 in the 3rd to give Mike Mussina a 12-run cushion. Yankees DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits and a walk and SS Derek Jeter has not at bats, but scores three times and drives in a run as he receives three base on balls and is hit once.
Apr 3, 2006 - The Yankees roll by the A's, 15-2 as Alex Rodriguez has a grand slam and 5 RBI. Hideki Matsui has 4 hits, including a 3-run homer, to drive in 4. Randy Johnson, with 7 IP, is the recipient of the offense. A's starter Barry Zito joins Brad Havens (1983) and Dave Stewart (1995) as the only Opening Day starters since 1945 to give up seven or more runs and record just four outs. The A's are wearing a right-sleeve arm patch on their home uniforms in memory of Bill King, their lead radio announcer since 1981. The patch features a microphone emblazoned with King's name and his signature call, "Holy Toledo." The Blue Jays are paying tribute to Tom Cheek who broadcast 4,306 consecutive regular-season games beginning with the team's first ever in 1977. The team will wear a left-sleeve arm patch featuring a microphone and the initials "TC."
Oct 7, 2005 - The Angels pound out 19 hits on their way to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees and a 2-games-to-1 lead in their Division Series. Bengie Molina hits his 3rd HR of the series for LA. Garret Anderson-who gets 4 hits and drives in 5 runs-also homers for the Angels. Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui hit round-trippers for NY.
Jun 22, 2005 - The Yankees trail the Devil Rays 10-2 before rallying to score 13 in the 8th and and winning 20-11. According to Elias they tie the major league record for largest margin of victory by a team with a 8+ run comeback. The record was originally set by the Indians who also trailed the Devil Rays 10-2 and beat them 20-11 in 1999. Yankees SS Derek Jeter has 5 hits (1 2B 1 HR) while DH Hideki Matsui has 4 hits (1 2B 1 HR 1 BB). The 31 runs is the biggest total at home for the Yankees while the 3 homers with 2 out ties a June 281939 mark.
Apr 3, 2005 - The Yankees defeat the Red Sox 9-2 to open the 2005 baseball season. Randy Johnson gets the win for NY while Hideki Matsui gets 3 hits including a HR drives home 3 runs and robs Kevin Millar of a 2-run HR.
Oct 16, 2004 - The Yankees maul the Red Sox 19-8 to take a commanding 3-games-to-0 lead in the ALCS. The 19 runs are an LCS record. Hideki Matsui leads the way for NY with 5 hits 5 RBI and 5 runs scored. Alex Rodriguez also score 5 for the Yankees. Gary Sheffield and Bernie Williams each have 4 hits. Matsui hits a pair of HRs and Rodriguez and Sheffield connect once each for NY. Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon homer for Boston.
Oct 12, 2004 - The Yankees take the opening game of the ALCS with a 10-7 victory over the Red Sox. NY almost blows an 8-0 lead but holds on to win behind the pitching of Mike Mussina and the hitting of Hideki Matsui (5 RBIs). Kenny Lofton homers for the Yanks and Jason Varitek connects for Boston.
Oct 8, 2004 - The Yankees take a 2-to-1 lead in their Division Series with the Twins with an 8-4 win behind Kevin Brown. Derek Jeter drives in 3 runs for NY while Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams homer. Jacque Jones hits one out for Minnesota.
Oct 19, 2003 - The Yankees bounce back behind Andy Pettitte to tie the Series at 1 game apiece with a 6-1 triumph in Game 2. Hideki Matsui's 3-run HR in the 1st inning is all Pettitte needs. Alfonso Soriano also homers for NY. Mark Redman takes the loss for the Marlins.
Oct 4, 2003 - The Yankees move into the lead in their series with the Twins with a 3-1 win behind Roger Clemens. The Rocket surrenders only 1 run and 5 hits sin 7 innings. Hideki Matsui hits a HR for NY.
Jun 28, 2003 - Led by Hideki Matsui the Yankees sweep a day-night doubleheader from the crosstown Mets winning the 1st by a score of 7-1 at Yankee Stadium and the nightcap 9-8 at Shea Stadium. It is the 3rd time in history that two teams play two games at two different stadiums in the same day. Matsui has a grand slam in game 1 as Roger Clemens shuts down the Mets. Matsui has 4 hits in game 2 ans he is on base 9 out of 10 plate appearances. For the second time this season Alfonse Soriano leads off with a homer and a teammate follows with a HR. This time it is Jeter who follows suit.
Apr 8, 2003 - After delaying their home opener by a day because of impending snow the Yankees beat the Twins 7-3 with Hideki Matsui's grand slam the key blow in the game. Matsui becomes the first Yankee in history to hit a grand slam in his first game in Yankee Stadium. He also becomes the first to hit his first Yankee homer with the bases loaded since Horace Clarke did so in 1965. The loss puts the Twins below .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000 season a club-record span of 328 consecutive games.
Jan 14, 2003 - The Yankees sign and officially introduce Hideki Matsui a three-time MVP of Japan's Central League for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. The power-hitting OF agreed last month to a $21 million three-year contract. Today's news conference is called the biggest in the Yankees 100-year history. Duly impressed ML Baseball asks the Yanks tomorrow to consider opening the season in Japan.
Nov 9, 1996 - At Yokohama Japanese All Star Hideki Matsui hits a grand slam off Shane McReynolds. McReynolds retires 20 of the next 21 batters but loses 6-4.