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It's already been a whirlwind month for Yoshida. She became the first woman to play pro baseball in the United States since Ila Borders in 2000 when she pitched three innings against Tijuana. That prompted the Baseball Hall of Fame to ask for the jersey and bat Yoshida used in the game.
Yoshida is also gaining a following in the majors. She has met and spoken to Wakefield multiple times, and this week Hideki Matsui of the Los Angeles Angels acknowledged he is a fan of the teen sensation.
"I saw that on the Internet and I am very glad that a major leaguer, like I want to be, is thinking of me like that," Yoshida said. "That makes me happy."
The bubbly teen struggled early against Yuma, hitting Scriven. After getting a pair of infield popouts, Yoshida engaged in a lengthy duel with Santos Deleon before Deleon blooped an RBI single to left to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead.
Yoshida rebounded nicely and pitched a scoreless second inning before running into a jam in the third after giving up a leadoff walk and a one-out double. Yoshida stayed calm, though, and struck out Rodriguez. Deleon flew out to center to end the threat.
Johny Celis walked leading off the fourth but was erased when Yoshida got Ruben Sanchez to ground into a 6-4-3 double play. Masjid Khairy followed with a single to left, stole second, then scored when Prieto failed to catch Bubba Garcia's popup and was charged with an error.
Yoshida, who singled in her only at-bat during her debut two weeks ago, struck out looking in the second.
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