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Ryota Igarashi, Takashi Saito, Hideki Matsui, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Mar.06, 2010 @ 1:08 pm, under MLB

Ryota Igarashi made his second appearance and gave up a run over two innings of work on the 5th.  The run he gave up came on a game-tying solo home run in his second inning of work.  Igarashi also struck out one batter.  Igarashi told reporters he was satisfied with his outing, more so than his last outing, because it felt more like he was pitching.

Hisanori Takahashi's first appearance will likely against the Washington Nationals on the 7th.

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Takashi Saito gave up 2 runs on 3 hits over 1 inning of work against the Washington Nationals on the 5th.  He had some troubles with his contact lens -- he couldn't see the catcher's signs and therefore couldn't keep his focus on the mound.  Saito apparently had corrective eye surgery back when he played for the Yokohama Bay Stars but it seems they have been reverting back over the last couple of years.

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Kei Igawa tossed 1.2 shutout innings against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 5th.  He did not allow any hits and struck out two.

Igawa told reporters that he didn't know he would be pitching.  He also said that he hasn't been informed of any future appearances either.

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Hideki Matsui is swinging the bat at about 80%.  There's still no definitive word on when he'll get his first exhibition game start.  As such, Matsui told reporters on the 5th that the only thing he can do at this point, is just make sure he's ready for it.

His base running drills on the 4th including running from home to first, running from first and third, and running from first to home.  At this point, Matsui told reporters that he was running at about 60%.  He also tested his arm and made throws to second and home from left field.  His arm is apparently at 70-80%.

Matsui was also apparently warned about scorpions and snakes along the sides of the secondary field.

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Ichiro Suzuki went 1-for-4 with an RBI against the San Diego Padres on the 5th: fly out, triple down the left field line, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second.  His next game will likely be on the 7th against the San Diego Padres.

On the 4th, Ichiro took 26 swings during soft toss BP.  He looked a little tired during practice and when asked why he was, he said that it was because he's hooked on the Nintendo Wii game Punchout!!

And of course, this USA Today article has been making the rounds: Griffey challenges Ichiro to 300 hits.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's first start during the regular season could be pushed back until mid-April (on or after 4/16, which is against the Tampa Bay Rays).  Matsuzaka threw a total 58 pitches in the bullpen on the 5th -- 25 to a standing catcher, 21 to a catcher on his knees, and 12 to a squatting catcher.

While there still is not set schedule for Matsuzaka, he is expected to throw a couple of bullpen and BP sessions before getting a chance to start an exhibition game.  That would likely put his first exhibition game start sometime in the middle of March.  Just like the other pitchers on the staff, the Red Sox would like Matsuzaka to pitch about 25 innings.

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Hiroki Kuroda gave his shoulder a rest on the 5th and kept his workouts to things like running dashes and fielding bunts.  Kuroda will likely throw another bullpen on the 6th and is scheduled to pitch on the 9th against the Colorado Rockies.

On the 4th, Kuroda threw 40 pitches against minor league hitters during BP.

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Kenshin Kawakami's next appearance will likely be against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 9th.

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Akinori Iwamura went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Baltimore Orioles on the 5th: ground out, RBI single to center, strike out swinging.

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Toshihisa Nishi apparently got an offer from a team out of the Atlantic League (independent) on the 4th.  Before leaving Japan, Nishi said that he had no interest in playing for any independent league teams.  He currently has plans on trying out for the Los Angeles Dodgers.