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3/1/2011: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ryota Igarashi, Hideki Matsui

by on Mar.01, 2011 @ 1:04 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from the 28th:

Boston Red Sox 7 - Minnesota Twins 6
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and gave up a run over 2 innings of work (1 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO).

Baltimore Orioles 6 - Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Koji Uehara entered the game in the 6th and allowed a run over an inning of work (2 H).

St Louis Cardinals 9 - NY Mets 3
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 9th and gave up 2 runs over an inning of work (1 H, 1 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB).  The two runs scored on a 1-out homer with a runner on first; he also managed to strikeout Bryce Harper on four pitches.

LA Angels 8 - Oakland A's 7
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 3rd.  He went 0-for-2 with an RBI: fly out to left, strikeout swinging, RBI walk.


Ichiro Suzuki did not play on the 28th.  He did take some fielding practice and BP (36 swings, 6 over the fence) before the game though.  Ichiro also played some pepper batting right-handed.


Hideki Matsui and Hisanori Takahashi had a chance to chat before the game on the 28th and joked around in front of reporters.  Takahashi greeted Matsui by saying Ciao.  Matsui replied by saying he was disappointed Takahashi wasn't going to pitch because he was the one pitcher he knew he could hit.  Takahashi then shot back, "I don't want to help you get into the groove."


Junichi Tazawa threw 30 pitches in the bullpen on the 28th.  Itsuki Shoda also held a bullpen session, but had the catcher set up out in front of home plate.


Koji Uehara's next appearance will likely be on 4/3 against the Minnesota Twins.


Yoshinori Tateyama threw 8 of his 17 pitches for balls during yesterday's exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals and told reporters he needed to throw more strikes; he also topped out at 142km/h (88mph).  His next appearance will probably come on 3/3 against the Chicago Cubs.


Takashi Saito did not do anything throwing on the 28th due to tightness in his right leg.  And while he's still scheduled to pitch on the 3/2, it's possible that could be pushed off until 3/5 if he's not feeling any better.