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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

The channel of NHK BS1 broadcast the MLB games which were the three of the four-game series of Chicago White Sox at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on 23-25 May (local time). To be impressive for me, pitchers of both teams had been making good performances.

The 1st day, rookie pitcher Ervin Santana finished the first victory by the shut-out game for Anaheim, in which Tadahito Iguchi had two of five hits Santana allowed. For me, this may be the first time to see Iguchi play. He is former Fukuoka Daie Hawks player whom I have no chance to see around the place I live in. It'll be one of the reasons that I'm not interested in Fukuoka's team. That's why I'm not a Iguchi's fan.

The 2nd day, Mark Beuhrle and Bartolo Colon, both pitcher allowed one run each to end the 9th inning. In the middle of the extra-inning, the VHS tape I recorded on was ended, because I had failed to set the end recording time. It was needless to say that Iguchi's game-winning double could't be seen at all.

The 3rd day, Freddy Garcia limited two runs to hand in the two-run lead to reliever Damaso Marte. Closer Dustin Hermanson to relieve Marte threw the first ball, as my tape stoped to record the game. Oh my...

Anaheim, which I've been to by homestay 10 years ago when Hideo Nomo joined the LA Dodgers first time, has disabled lists of Vladimir Guerrero and Francisco Rodriguez, but the 4th day, beat White Sox to tie the series. Now Anaheim Angels(27-20) is American league west-division co-leader with Texas Rangers, and Chicago White Sox(33-15) leads Minnesota Twins by 5 games in American league central-division.

match results:

Chicago 0-4 Anaheim (23 May)
W:Santana(1-1)
L:Garland(8-1)

Chicago 2-1 Anaheim (24 May)*
W:Marte(3-3)
L:Yan(0-1)
*11th innning

Chicago 4-2 Anaheim (25 May)
W:Garcia(5-3)
S:Hermanson(11)
L:Washburn(3-3)

Chicago 2-3 Anaheim (26 May)*
W:Lackey(5-2)
S:Shields(6)
L:Contreras(2-2)
*not on BS1

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