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Ichiro Suzuki, Ryota Igarashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.04, 2010 @ 1:50 pm, under MLB

Kosuke Fukudome is scheduled to start in right and bat second against the Oakland Athletics on the 4th.  Lou Piniella is hoping to see Fukudome hit .280-290 and drive in 75-80 RBIs.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's brother, Kyohei, dropped by camp prior to the start of practice on the 2nd to give Daisuke his supplements.

On the 3rd, Matsuzaka played catch at distances of about 70 meters and threw 39 pitches in the bullpen (with the catcher on his knees / squatting halfway).  Matsuzaka was also able to test his body by throwing a few pitches towards the end with a little more authority.

Junichi Tazawa made an appearance in a game against Boston College and tossed a shutout inning while striking out two (he faced the bottom of the order, the 7-9 batters).  Tazawa was also hit by a comebacker to the mound (his right foot) but was ok.

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It seems the Mariners don't plan on playing Ichiro Suzuki on consecutive days until about 10 days prior to the start of the regular season.

Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a stolen base against the San Francisco Giants on the 3rd.

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Ryota Igarashi was surprised when he got a hug after picking up his "first save" on the 2nd.

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The Braves have apparently given Takashi Saito control over his own training schedule.

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It seems the earliest Hideki Matsui will get to play in an exhibition game will be the 7th.  He'll either make an appearance as a DH or a pinch-hitter.

Koji Murofushi (hammer thrower) visited Matsui at camp on the 3rd.  During BP, Matsui took 35 swings and hit 2 over the fence.

Matsui's new book is set to come out on the 17th.  The book is entitled 信念を貫く (published by Shinchosha), or loosely translated, "Overcoming Things on Faith."  His first book came out in February 2007 and sold 330,000 copies.

Matsui told reporters on the 2nd that he's ahead of schedule.

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Akinori Iwamura went 0-for-2 against the New York Yankees on the 3rd.  He started at second and batted second.