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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hisanori Takahashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.28, 2010 @ 3:53 pm, under MLB

Hisanori Takahashi started his first game of the Spring on the 27th against the Washington Nationals.  He gave up 4 runs on 4 hits (all doubles) over 3 innings of work.  Takahashi also struck out 3.

Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th and gave up a run on 2 hits (both doubles) and struck out 1.

On the 26th, Igarashi stayed back after general practice on the 26th and did some shadow pitching to check on his delivery form.

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Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 4th on the 27th.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: ground out to first, fly out to second, RBI single to right.

On the 26th, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Matsui started in left and batted 4th.  He had one chance in the outfield (fly ball in the third) and made the play without any major difficulties.  Matsui was taken out after 4 innings.

Long distance runner Naoko Takahashi will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Angels on Matsui Day (4/6 vs Minnesota Twins).

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Takashi Saito pitched against the Washington Nationals on the 27th.  He entered the game in the 8th and tossed a scoreless inning of relief while giving up a hit and a walk.  It was Saito's third game in four days.

On the 26th, he tossed a perfect inning in relief against the Detroit Tigers and hit 94mph (151km/h) on the radar gun.  He also struck out two.

Kenshin Kawakami is scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on the 30th.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off against the Toronto Blue Jays on the 27th.  He went 1-for-3: strike out, ground out to first, single to center.  Iwamura was taken out of the game in the 7th on defense.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 27th.  He went 1-for-4: strike out, ground out to second, single to center, fly out to the pitcher.  He was was removed from the game in the 9th on defense.

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It seems Daisuke Matsuzaka's next outing won't be against the Tampa Bay Rays, but rather against minor league players on the 29th.  He is expected to pitch 3 innings.  On the 27th, Matsuzaka threw 68 pitches in the bullpen.

Matsuzaka could be ready to make his first pitch in the Majors as early as the 18th.

Hideki Okajima tossed a scoreless inning in relief on the 26th against the Toronto Blue Jays.  He also struck out two.

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Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the Los Angeles Dodgers on the 27th.  He went 2-for-4 and stole his 7th base of the Spring: single to right, broken bat single to left, fly out to center, ground out to third.  Ichiro was taken out of the game in the 8th on defense.

Ichiro ended up breaking two bats during a game against the Cincinnati Reds on the 26th.

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Koji Uehara did some running for the first time since hurting his left hamstring.  He lightly ran three 30-meter sets.  Uehara also played some catch (both 60 meters and at the same distance between home and the rubber).

Uehara's workouts were somewhat hampered by his allergies.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 27th.