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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tomokazu Ohka, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 1:38 pm, under MLB

Takashi Saito tossed a shutout inning against the Florida Marlins on the 16th.  He also picked off a runner at first, gave up a hit, and struck out one.  Saito told reporters after the game that he was starting to get a better feel for his slider (he's trying to give it a sharp break).  His next outing will likely come against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th.

It seems Kenshin Kawakami's new delivery isn't very curve and cutter friendly.  While his two-seamer has better movement on it, he's having a much harder time controlling the curve and cutter.


Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Minnesota Twins on the 16th.  He allowed a hit and struck out one.  Uehara has not given up a run in his last 5 consecutive outings.  The Orioles have been slowly decreasing the number of days in between each appearance and it was Uehara's first game on 1 day of rest.  His next outing will also likely come with 1 day of rest.


Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Texas Rangers on the 16th.  He went 1-for-3: strike out, double into left, grounder to short.  Fukudome was replaced in the 7th on defense.  Prior to the game, Fukudome spent some time (about 30 minutes) working with Kyosuke Sasaki, for the second straight day, on finalizing his new batting stance.

The Cubs have the day off on the 17th.


Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Boston Red Sox.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to third, bunt hit toward third.  Matsui we taken out of the game in the 7th on defense.  After the game, Matsui spent about 20 minutes running.


Ichiro Suzuki took 61 swings during BP on the 15th and hit 20 over the fence.

Ichiro also apparently purchased three more humidifiers (at a cost of 100,000 yen a pop) for his house in Arizona.  That on top of the two he purchase last year -- one for the living room and one for the bed room.  He's trying to keep the humidity at about 50%.


Joe Torre called out to Hideki Matsui as Matsui stepped in the batter's box during his first at bat on the 15th.  Matsui looked over to the Dodger's dugout and saw Torre tipping his cap.  Matsui returned the gesture by touch the brim of his batting helmet.

Matsui didn't play in the Angels' exhibition game on the 16th and instead took fielding practice in the outfield and some BP.

The Angels are also going to try and break the Cleveland Cavaliers' record for the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets when they take on the Minnesota Twins on 4/6.  The Angels will be handing out red fleece number 55 blankets to every fan that attends the game.  The Cavaliers record currently stands at 17,758.  Angels Stadium holds 40,000+.


Daisuke Matsuzaka stayed back after the pitcher's general practice and played catch with one of the coaches for about 15 minutes (throwing slightly harder).  Seems his neck continues to feel better each day.  Matsuzaka told reporters that he worked on airing out his arm in preparation for throwing BP on the 17th.

Junichi Tazawa gave up 3 runs in an inning of relief against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 16th.  Two of the runs came on a 2-run homer.  Tazawa faced a total seven batters and gave up hits to four of them.


Tomokazu Ohka was released by the Mexican League Quintana Roo Tigers on the 16th.  The Mexican League has a rule that place a 6-player limit on foreigners.  When the team initially signed Ohka on the 9th, they were under the limit.  But shortly after, they apparently signed a former Oakland Athletic and decided to go with him over Ohka.

Ohka had already appeared in two exhibition games for the Quintana Roo Tigers at the time of his release.