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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.16, 2010 @ 2:07 pm, under MLB

Akinori Iwamura was the starting DH and batted second against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 15th.  He went 1-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk in the game and 0-for-1 with a strikeout and a walk against Roy Halladay.


Hideki Okajima made an appearance against the Baltimore Orioles on the 15th.  He faced 5 batters, gave up 2 hits (including a lead-off triple), an HBP, and allowed a run over an inning of work.  Okajima also struck out two.

Daisuke Matsuzaka did not throw BP on the 15th and instead played catch for about 30 minutes at a distance of 60 meters.  Afterward, he threw 37 pitches (18 with the catcher standing) in the bullpen.  The BP he was scheduled for was also pushed back until the 17th.

Junichi Tazawa is scheduled to pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 16th.


Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 15th -- it was his 4th consecutive game.  He went 0-for-3: flied out to left twice, struck out.  Matsui is now 2-for-15 during exhibition game play.


Kosuke Fukudome did not travel with the team for a road game on the 15th and instead received tips from his old Chunichi Dragons' pitching coach, Kyosuke Sasaki (currently visiting).  Fukudome spent about an hour working on his hitting.


Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about an hour on the 15th, focusing most of his practice on hitting.

Ichiro took 55 swings during BP on the 14th and hit a total 15 out (including 5 in a row).


Takashi Saito spent time playing catch outdoors in the outfield on the 15th.  He also had Kenshin Kawakami catch him with his interpreter standing in the batter's box.  Saito is scheduled to pitch on the 16th.

Asides from playing catch with Saito, Kawakami did lots of running in the outfield.


15+ players were cut from the Mets on the 15th.  Hisanori Takahashi told reporters he needed to make sure he put up results, otherwise he might be joining them.  After general practice on the 15th, he worked with a coach on his pick-off moves.

After throwing 34 pitches in the bullpen on the 15th, Ryota Igarahashi told reporters that he wanted to get a feel for pitching on consecutive days.  On the 14, Igarashi threw a total 17 pitches, 11 of which were fastballs.