Exhibition games from the 3rd:
Minnesota Twins 2 - Baltimore Orioles 0
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted second (removed in the 6th on defense). He went 0-for-3: fly out to second, strikeout, ground out to short. This was Nishioka's first exhibition game at short.
Texas Rangers 8 - Chicago Cubs 7
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 8th with the Rangers up 7-5 and gave up 2 runs over 1.2 innings of work (4 H).
Cincinnati Reds 3 - LA Dodgers 1
Hiroki Kuroda started the game and gave up 2 runs over 2.1 innings of work (49 NP, 6 H).
Ichiro Suzuki did not play in Thursday's (3/3) exhibition game. But he did take part in about 2 hours of pre-game practice (during BP, he took 91 swings and hit 12 over the fence). Team photos were taken after the game.
Hideki Matsui took extra BP on the 3rd -- after taking 35 swings against a live arm, he took another 104 swings in the cages (he also took some swings from the right side).
And while Matsui probably won't be play in the outfield during the exhibition game season, he has been roaming the outfield during BP in order to stay sharp and keep loose, just in case they call on him to play the outfield.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka's comments after his first exhibition game at short:
I was able to play without any concerns. There weren't any tough balls hit to my direction so I can't really comment on my fielding. It would have been nice if there were more grounders hit between third and short. With regards to my hitting, I think my timing isn't too far off. I'm not really worried.
And the media learned yesterday that Nishioka's wife, Naoko Tokuzawa, is pregnant (5 months; due sometime in August) with the couple's first child.
Daisuke Matsuzaka closed out practice a little earlier than everyone else on the 3rd in order to get his right eye checked out again. Tests revealed that he's still battling an eye infection. He's still scheduled to pitch on the 5th.
Koji Uehara's outing on the 3rd was scratched due to tightness in his right elbow. After doing some light workouts (including playing some catch), Uehara was given a cortisone injection.
Uehara - "I was actually thinking about getting a shot before the season anyway. I could probably pitch if they needed me to, but I may as well be careful. ... I'm not worried [about missing my outing today]. I'm making good progress."
Uehara was also told not to do anything throwing for about a week.
Kenshin Kawakami threw 27 pitches in the bullpen on the 2nd.
His workouts today lasted about 2 hours and including fielding and batting practice. Afterward, he also spent dome time throwing into a net in preparation for an outing as a BP pitcher on the 4th. The team will decide on when Kawakami will pitch in an exhibition after they see how he does on the 4th.