Kosuke Fukudome (started in right and batted second) went 2-for-3 against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday: ground out, double, infield hit. He was lifted for a pinch runner in the 5th.
Fukudome is wearing a new set of cleats that are colored using the Cubs blue, white, and red. They also apparently provide better support in the heal area.
Kazuo Matsui (started at second and batted second) went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Washington Nationals on Thursday: ground out, ground out, RBI single to left. He was replaced in the 5th on defense.
On Wednesday, Matsui did infield drills for about 30 minutes under the supervision of Brad Mills.
Kenshin Kawakami started and tossed two shutout innings against the Pittsburgh Pirateson the 4th. He also allowed one hit, struck out one, and walked none. Kawakami is hoping to use hit two-seamer to help rack up the strike outs this year.
Takashi Saito threw 25 pitches in the bullpen in preparation for his outing on Friday. He will likely focus on throwing his fastball and curve and hold off on throwing his slider for the time being.
Junichi Tazawa threw a fork twice during his outing and both ended up high in the zone, opposite of where it should be. Tazawa's next appearance will likely come against the Minnesota Twins on the 6th.
It appears Terry Francona has given Daisuke Matsuzaka the green light to start pitching again, beginning on the 5th.
Hideki Okajima tossed a shutout inning on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins. He faced 5 batters and gave up 1 hit and 1 walk.
Hideki Matsui feels that part of the reason why he struggled with his knees last season was because he pushed himself too hard during Spring Training. To that end, he's being a lot more careful this year, making sure to check the way his knees feel as he works out.
Matsui did some base-running for the first time on Thursday. He told reporters that he was able to run at about 60% and that his knees were feeling fine.
Ryota Igarashi told reporters that despite not feeling completely loose, he was able to hit 153km/h (95 mph) during his first appearance. Based on that, he feels he could probably work his way up and hit 158km/h (97-98mph) during the regular season.
Hisanori Takahashi rejoined the Mets on the 4th with his visa. Assuming he's ready, he'll start Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ichiro Suzuki's color theme this Spring Training appears to be gray. As such, Sponichi has checked around with a number of people to see what that might mean. A color analyst says that the color gray is calming and intellectual; that it also gives an impression of being an adult and has an image of being classy and urban. It also allows for easy movement into other colors.
A fashion analyst says that gray (monotone colors in general) was the "in" color this past fall / winter. The analyst also feels that Ichiro picked gray because he went through a lot of tough times last year and that by keeping things simple, he might be trying to emphasize his passion.
I guess it can't just be because he likes the color gray right now.