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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.26, 2010 @ 6:01 pm, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka was able to play catch at distances of 120 ft on the 25th.  A report by Sponichi on the 25th mentioned the following quote by Matsuzaka:

In the US, the manager can poke fun at the owner and the staff can do the same with the manager.  This is something that could never happy in Japan. ... I hope [the Red Sox] still consider me [a starter].  If they aren't thinking that now, then I'd like to take advantage of situations where the team needs me.

Hideki Okajima faced three batters and threw 30 pitches during BP.  He told reporters that he felt as if 30 pitches wasn't enough.

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It was photo day for the Angels on the 25th.

Sponichi has dubbed the trio of Bobby Abreu, Torii Hunter,  and Hideki Matsui as the ATM trio.  Matsui worked on his fielding and throwing (in the outfield) on the 25th.  Matsui told reporters that he was happy to play / practice in the outfield again.

During BP, he took 39 swings and hit 2 over the fence.

Yutaka Sudo, a former Yomiuri Giants head coach, visited Yankees' camp on the 25th to watch Matsui workout.  He apparently has a house in Arizona.

On the 24th, Matsui took 43 swings during BP and hit one over the fence.

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Brad Mills apparently wants Kaz Matsui to show Tommy Manzella the ropes.  Matsui saw 10 pitches during BP on the 25th and did not swing.  He told reporters that he wanted to get a feel for standing in the batter's box again.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 65 pitches in a bullpen session on the 25th.  Assuming he's ready, he could make a start against the Colorado Rockies on 3/9 (exhibition game).

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Koji Uehara threw 25 pitches (all fastballs) during BP against a group of minor league players on the 25th.  He'll likely throw another BP in 3 days.

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Kenshin Kawakami did infield drills and worked on his pick-off move on the 25th.  He will likely hold a bullpen session on the 26th.  Takashi Saito also took on infield drills.  He also told reporters that he was feeling great and that it was nice not having any annoying coaches around to kill the atmosphere.