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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Junichi Tazawa, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.30, 2010 @ 3:13 pm, under MLB

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed a simulated game on the 29th.  He faced 15 batters and gave up 2 hits while striking out 7 batters.  Matsuzaka was originally scheduled to start a minor league exhibition game, but that was scratched due to bad weather.  His next outing will come against the Washington Nationals on 4/3.

The Red Sox announced on the 29th that Junichi Tazawa had his elbow examined at a hospital after he started feeling some discomfort.  He will likely start the year on the DL.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted first against the Houston Astros on the 29th.  He went 3-for-5 with 3 RBI: single to center, fly out to short, 3-run homer, single to center, strike out.  He was taken out of the game in the 8th on defense.

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Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth against the Kansas City Royals on the 29th.  He went 0-for-2 with an RBI: ground out to second, bases loaded sac fly to to center, strike out.

Matsui will get to play the outfield for the third time this Spring on the 30 (vs Milwaukee Brewers).

Antonio Inoki also dropped by to visit Matsui on the 29th.

The fan that caught Matsui's home run during game 6 of the World Series is auctioning off the ball and will be donating all proceeds to the relief efforts in Haiti.  Matsui is also doing his part by signing the baseball.

Sponichi seems to think that Matsui could get a start in the outfield within the first week or so of the regular season.

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Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first against the Oakland Athletics on the 29th.  He went 0-for-3: walk, ground out to first, strike out, ground out to short.

Before the game, Ichiro played in a game of rag-ball.

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Both Kenshin Kawakami and Takahashi Saito worked out indoors on the 29th due to the rain (playing catch and working on fielding bunts).  They are both scheduled to pitch against the New York Yankees on the 30th.  While it will be the last exhibition game for Kawakami, Saito will pitch in one more game (likely on 4/2) before the start of the regular season.

Kawakami's first start of the regular season will likely be against the San Francisco Giants on the 11th.

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Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Cincinnati Reds on the 29th.  He went 0-for-2 with an RBI: fly out to short, walk, strike out, a walk with the bases loaded.

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Nikkan Sports is carrying an interview with Toshihisa Nishi.