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April 5, 2007
This was Matsuzaka's most challenging inning of the day so far -- relatively speaking. He allowed a soft single to Alex Gordon -- the first hit of the Royals' rookie third baseman's career -- that just reached the outfield grass. He then struck out Ryan Shealy for his sixth strikeout before retiring Ross Gload on a first-pitch flyout to right.
A line single to center by Joe Buck sent Gordon to third, marking the first time the Royals had gotten a baserunner to third.
But Matsuzaka, in a seven-pitch at-bat with Tony Pena Jr. got out of the jam when Pena hit a squibber that Matsuzaka fielded cleanly and fired to first for the final out.
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