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3/3/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Hideki Okajima

by on Mar.03, 2011 @ 11:36 am, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 2nd:

Arizona Diamondbacks 5 - Seattle Mariners 3
Ichiro Suzuki was the starting DH and batted first (replaced by a pinch-hitter in the 8th).  He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to the pitcher, ground out to second.

Oakland A's 4 - Cleveland Indians 3
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth (replaced by a pitch-hitter in the 7th).  He went 0-for-2: GIDP (with bases loaded, no outs), walk, strikeout swinging.

Atlanta Braves 6 - Boston Red Sox 1
Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 4th, with the score tied at 1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief (0 H, 2 SO, 0 R).

Milwaukee Brewers 12 - Chicago Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-2: walk, ground out to second, single to center.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw 56 pitches in the bullpen on the 2nd in preparation for his outing against the Florida Marlins on the 5th.  He also spent some time going over signs with Jarrod Saltalamacchia after the session.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka will start at short for an exhibition game against the Baltimore Orioles on the 3rd.  During practice on the 2nd, Nishioka spent over an hour working out at short.

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Kenshin Kawakami finally joined the Atlanta Braves on the 2nd (he had problems securing his visa)

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Takashi Saito started throwing again on the 2nd (30 pitches in the bullpen) and is still scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game on the 5th.  Saito hadn't done anything throwing since feeling tightness in his right leg on the 28th.