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3/8/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Ryota Igarashi

by on Mar.08, 2011 @ 11:51 am, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 7th:

Seattle Mariners 6 - Oakland A's 3
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st.  He went 1-for-3 with an RBI: ground out to first, RBI single to center, ground out to third.

Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 3rd.  He went 1-for-3: single to left, line out to center, strikeout swinging.

Detroit Tigers 2 - NY Mets 1
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 7th, with the Mets down 2-1, and struck out the side (1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR).

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The Minnesota Twins celebrated Tsuyoshi Nishioka's triple from the 6th by putting up a board in the player's locker room with the kanji character 祝, which means congratulations.  Kevin Slowey made the board and jokingly told reporters he was going to call Nishioka "Big Triple" from now on.

Practice on the 7th included fielding practice, BP, and base-running exercises.  Nishioka is expected to play on the 8th.

And it seems Ron Gardenhire might also use Nishioka as a lead-off hitter.

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Kei Igawa isn't alone this yearNaoya Okamoto is a new teammate and former Yomiuri Giant Noriyoshi Omichi is spending time with the NY Yankees as a coach in training.

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Kosuke Fukudome might be in the starting line-up for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Colorado Rockies (in right batting 6th).  In 6 exhibition games Fukudome is 5-for-17.

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NY Mets' manager Terry Collins told reporters he liked what he's been seeing out of Ryota Igarashi lately, but felt that Igarashi's fork still wasn't moving as much as it was when he was in Japan.