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2/8/2011: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Hideki Okajima, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 11:28 am, under MLB

Tsuyoshi Nishioka started his workouts on the 7th (8th in Japan), which started at around 10am and included running in the outfield, and playing catch and stretching; he then moved indoors for BP off a tee from both sides of the plate, and about 15 minutes of BP off a live pitcher (batting left-handed).

Said Nishioka, "It felt good.  [But] I wasn't planning in hitting [today].  But [the guy] said he'd throw me some and I felt like they were watching me, so I just sort of let go."

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Hideki Okajima has a new interpreter (his name is Jeffrey Cutler).  He went on a search for a new interpreter during the off-season and Cutler was one of 10 applicants.  Cutler was an interpreter with the Suntory rugby team for 4 years; was born in Boston; and has a Japanese mother.

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Yoshinori Tateyama took off for the US yesterday with his wife, Miyako, and his 1-year-old daughter, Minami.  Since his contract isn't guaranteed, he hasn't bothered to find a house yet.  His flight out of Narita will take to him Surprise, AZ with a stopover in San Francisco, CA.

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MLB.com's Jane Lee figures Hideki Matsui will be the starting DH and bat 5th (via Nikkan Sports).

Godzilla not only fills the DH void left by Jack Cust, but does so in a way that gives the club a legitimate lineup threat. The veteran slugger also enhances the clubhouse dynamic and is expected to maintain a leadership role.