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Matsui's milestone puts an end to slump

His 1,500th RBI is a winner and eases tension about veteran's lack of production

Updated: May 9, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SEATTLE -- Even as Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki enter the golden years of their careers, their head-to-head meetings still generate big headlines in Japan. Now that Matsui plays for the Los Angeles Angels, they'll meet 19 times this year, making for more chances to compare the two sporting icons across the Pacific.

Saturday's game at Safeco Field was looking as if it would reflect poorly on Matsui, who was stuck in a miserable slump. Matsui watched Suzuki slash a two-run triple that helped ...

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