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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Mar.22, 2010 @ 2:12 pm, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka started an intra-squad minor league game on the 21st.  He topped out at 91mpg (146km/h), threw 32 pitches, and faced a total eight batters (no hits, no runs, one strikeout).  What Matsuzaka does next will largely depend on how he's feeling on the 22nd.

1st inning: strike out looking, walk, GIDP

2nd inning: ground out to second, ground out to short, ground out to second

extra: with a runner on first, fly out to left; with runners on first and second, GIDP.

Hideki Okajima pitched .2 innings against the Houston Astros on the 21st and gave up one run on one hit, a solo homer to Chris Johnson.  Okajima was originally scheduled to pitch the 7th but entered the game in the middle of the 6th.

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Koji Uehara played catch for the first time on the 21st since feeling tightness in his left hamstring during a an outing on the 18th.  After doing some upper body weight training exercises, Uehara headed to the field and played catch, at a distance of about 20 meters, for 10 minutes.

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Ichiro Suzuki took 29 swings (or 33 according to Sponichi) during BP on the 20th and hit 4 over the fence.

Ichiro started in right and batted lead-off against the Angels on the 21st.  He went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI: single to center, strike out, fly out to left, walk, 2-run triple in the gap between right and center.

At one point during the game against the Angels, there was only one ump on the field, and he was positioned behind the mound so that he could continue calling balls and strikes.  Three umps were working the game when it first started, but the home plate ump was taken out of the game after being hit by a pitch in the 7th.  It was at this time that one of the two remaining umps left the field in order to put on some protective gear.

Said Ichiro of the moment, "It was a historical day.  And all I could do is laugh from right field."

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Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth against the Seattle Marines on the 21st.  He went 1-for-2 with an RBI: walk, single to center, run-scoring ground out to pitcher.

It seems Matsui might get a chance to play some left in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 22nd.  Matsui last played defense on 6/15/2008 (vs Houston Astros).

Diablo Stadium has drawn 54,190 fans over 8 exhibition dates.  Their high was 107,522 back in 2008.  With 8 more dates left on the schedule, they only need to average about 7,000 fans in order to break that high.

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Hiroki Kuroda started practice early on the 21st and did some shadow pitching to check on his delivery.  Kuroda also threw 40 pitches in the bullpen.  His next outing will most likely be on the 24th.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Boston Red Sox on the 21st.  He went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI: double to right, 2-run home run, ground out to third.

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Hisanori Takahashi pitched two scorless innings in a game against the University of Michigan on the 21st.  He gave up 1 hits and struck out 2.  He is scheduled to start his first game on the 27th against the Washington Nationals.

Ryota Igarashi's appearance on the 21st was washed away by the rain.