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Ryota Igarashi, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Mar.29, 2010 @ 2:58 pm, under MLB

Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth on the 28th against the Cleveland Indians.  He went 0-for-1 with 2 walks: ground out to short, walk, walk.


Ryota Igarashi made an appearance in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 28th.  He entered the game in the 7th and gave up 3 runs on three hits (including a solo homer) and a walk in one inning of work.  Igarashi later told reporters that he knew he didn't have his good stuff after facing the first batter of the inning (Albert Pujols - G6).

Igarashi has been trying a number of different things at Spring training and it seems he's having a hard time filtering through everything in order to decide what's best for him.

A day after making his first (and likely his last) start of the Spring, Hisanori Takahashi played some catch.  No ETA on when his next appearance might be.


Hideki Okajima tossed a scoreless inning in relief against the Minnesota Twins on the 28th.  He didn't give up any hits and struck out two.  Okajima was also supposed to pitch again the 29th, but the outing was scrapped with precedence on rest.

Okajima has so far struck out 11 batters in 9.1 exhibition innings.

Daisuke Matsuzaka told reporters after his bullpen session on the 27th that he was at about 60%.  After his start on the 29th (vs minor league team, 3 innings), Matsuzaka will likely make an appearance in relief against the Washington Nationals on 4/3.  After that, the team will most likely place Matsuzaka on the 15-day DL.


Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the Chicago Cubs on the 28th.  He went 1-for-4: ground out to second, single to center, fly out to right, fly out to left.  He was taken out of the game in the 9th on defense.


Kosuke Fukudome was the starting DH and batted second against the Seattle Marines on the 28th.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: infield single, fly out to center, sac fly to center, fly out to center.


Kenshin Kawakami's next start will likely be on the 30th against the New York Yankees.


Hiroki Kuroda's schedule moving forward: he'll likely start a game against the Seattle Marines on the 29th and make an appearance in relief against the Angels on 4/3.  His first regular season start should be against the Florida Marlins on the 4/9.


Kuroda and H. Matsui have the following connection:

Matsui was Kuroda's first strikeout victim (4/25/1997)

Kuroda was the pitcher on record when Matsui hit his 300th home run (7/9/2002)

The last time the two met was back on 9/7/2002 at the Tokyo Dome -- Kuroda struck out Matsui on 11 pitches.