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3/12/2011: Hideki Matsui, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Hideki Okajima

by on Mar.12, 2011 @ 1:52 pm, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 11th:

Oakland A's 9 - LA Dodgers 2
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 3rd.  He went 0-for-4: GIDP, ground out to third, fly out to third, foul out to third.

Minnesota Twins 3 - Boston Red Sox 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (replaced by a pinch-runner in the 5th).  He went 1-for-2: single to left, fly out to center, walk.

Hideki Okajima entered the game in the 6th, with Boston down 3-2, and tossed a shutout inning in relief: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

Texas Rangers 5 - Cincinnati Reds 5
Yoshinori Tateyama entered the game in the 9th, with the score tied at 3, and gave up a run over an inning of work: 1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

Atlanta Braves 6 - NY Yankees 2
Kenshin Kawakami entered the game in the 5th, with the Braves up 2-1, and did not allow a run over an inning of work: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR.

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Hisanori Takahashi was in the middle of talking to his family via Skype during one of the quakes.  Daisuke Matsuzaka found out that both his parents were fine. ... Takashi Saito learned through relatives that his family in Sendai were safe. ...  Kei Igawa was able to get in touch with his family via e-mail, but is still planning on returning to Japan if he can (he also received permission from the NY Yankees to leave). ... There was a 1-minute moment of silence before the Minnesota Twins - Boston Red Sox Exhibition game.  ... The NY Yankees said that they'll be donating US$100,000 to rescue and relief efforts; the Oakland A's will be collecting donations during a game against the Seattle Mariners on 4/3. ... Tsuyoshi Nishioka upset fans when he posted a blog entry titled "Relax".  The blog post is gone and replaced by an apology.

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Bobby Valentine announced the creation of a new film production company called Makuhari Media.  They are currently working on three film projects. (via Nikkan Sports)