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Hisanori Takahashi, Takashi Saito, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Mar.21, 2010 @ 4:01 pm, under MLB

Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the New York Yankees on the 20th.  He went 0-for-3 with an RBI: strike out, fly out to catcher, RBI ground out to short.  Matsui was removed from the game in the 6th on defense.


Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Oakland A's on the 20th.  He went 0-for-1 with two walks: ground out to third, walk, walk.  Fukudome was removed from the game in the 6th on defense.


Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about an hour on the 20th, spending most of his time working on his hitting.

Ken Griffey also had some fun horsing around with Ichiro.  He even pulled up Ichiro's shirtsleeves at one point to show the fans how thin his arms were.


Kenshin Kawakami spend about 40 minutes taking BP on the 20th; he also worked on laying down bunts.  His next schedule outing will be against the Pittsburgh Pirates on the 25th.

Takashi Saito tossed a scoreless inning in relief against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th.  He did give up one hit.  Unlike his first exhibition game outing, Saito did not have any difficulties seeing the signs.  His next appearance will likely come against the Philadelphia Phillies on the 24th.

Saito also informed the media that he hurt his left calf while training during the off-season.  He told reporters it wasn't a tear and that it was just feeling tight.


It appears Daisuke Matsuzaka's first exhibition game appearance will come in relief against the Florida Marlins on the 25th.  He's also still set to pitch in a minor league game on the 21st.

On the 19th, after playing some long distance (about 50 meters) catch, he threw 44 pitches in the bullpen.


Koji Uehara kept his workouts light on the 20th and spent some time on lower body strengthening exercises.  He did not play catch as was originally scheduled.


Hideki Matsui took part in the practice game against a San Francisco Giants' minor league team on the 20th.  He was the DH and went hitless in 5 trips to the plate (he did walk 3 times).


Hiroki Kuroda started a game against the San Diego Padres on the 19th.  He gave up 3 runs on 7 hits (including a homer), 1 walk, and 3 strike outs.


Hisanori Takahashi was apparently one of two "rookies" that was at the butt of a practical joke.  While trying to move some boxes that filled the shower rooms, he and Jonathon Niese found themselves covered with cheese, Tabasco sauce, milk, and a variety of other substances.

Takahashi is scheduled to pitch against a college team on the 21st.

Ryota Igarashi was relieved that he was able to avoid the nasty situation.

Igarashi is currently scheduled to pitch on consecutive days for the first time this Spring (on both the 21st and 22nd).