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2/26/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

by on Feb.26, 2011 @ 4:27 pm, under MLB

Intra-squad games from the 25th:

Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st.  He went 2-for-2: single to left, infield single.

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Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 5th and tossed two shutout innings (0 H, 2 SO).

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Hideki Matsui had just one at bat during an intra-squad game on the 24th.  After he was removed from the game, he took 112 cuts during soft-toss BP.

Matsui was excused from an intra-squad game on the 25th.  He took 31 during BP and hit 1 over the fence.  Matsui also took an additional 37 swings during soft-toss BP.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka spent time working out at second base during fielding practice on the 25th.  He will probably play second during an exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox on he 27th.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima worked on the fielding during practice on the 25th.

Junichi Tazawa threw 26 pitches in the bullpen.

Practicing were kept short today due to a team charity golf match.

Nikkan Sports also notes there were just 4 Japanese reporters covering Matsuzaka on the 25th (compared to the over 100 that covered him in 2007).

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Koji Uehara will be making an appearance during an exhibition game on the 28th.

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Hisanori Takahashi threw 55 pitches in the bullpen on the 25th.  For the first 32 pitches, Takahashi told the catcher what he was going to throw; for the remaining 23, he had a coach stand in the batter's boxed and asked the catcher to provide the signs.

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Yoshinori Tateyama is scheduled to make an appearance during an exhibition game on the 27th.  During his intra-squad outing yesterday, he threw 10 pitches, 9 for strikes.

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Ryota Igarashi is penciled in to pitch during an exhibition game on the 27th.

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Kenshin Kawakami is expected to join the team sometime early next week.  Kawakami is in the final stages of securing his visa and should be able to leave Japan soon.

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Kosuke Fukudome will be starting in right and batted first during an exhibition game on the 27th.