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3/10/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.10, 2011 @ 11:31 am, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 9th:

Seattle Mariners 9 - LA Dodgers 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 5th).  He went 1-for-3: E3, single to center, ground out to third.  Ichiro has hit safely in four straight.

Texas Rangers 9 - Oakland A's 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 4th (replaced by pinch-hitter in the 8th).  He went 0-for-3: strikeout looking, foul out to the catcher, fly out to center.

KC Royals 13 - Chicago Cubs 4
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted 8th (removed on defense in the 6th).  He went 0-for-2: GIDP, fly out out center.

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Practice lasted about 1.5 hours for Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the 9th and included taking grounder.

And after Tuesday's post-game interview, Ron Gardenhire showed the media two English - Japanese base-running signs that had the words "GO - IKE" and "STOP - TOMARE".

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Koji Uehara will probably start throwing again on the 10th after he was shutdown with stiffness in his right elbow (he also got a cortisone shot on 3/3).  The plan at this point is for Uehara to pitch in 5-6 games (exhibition or minor league) before the regular season; the club will monitor Uehara's situation and decide when he'll pitch.

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Takashi Saito's exhibition game start against the LA Dodgers on the 8th was apparently his first since 2005 (when he played for Yokokhama).