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3/13/2011: Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kei Igawa

by on Mar.13, 2011 @ 3:06 pm, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 12th:

Seattle Mariners 10 - Oakland A's 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st (replaced on defense in the 5th).  He went 1-for-2 with a run scored: HBP (right knee area), single to left, ground out to the pitcher.  Ichiro has now hit safely in 6 straight.

Cleveland Indians 2 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 6th, with the Angels down 2-0, and did not allow a run over 2 innings of work: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR.

Cincinnati Reds 9 - Chicago Cubs 8
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted 1st.  He went 0-for-1 with 2 runs scored: walk, line out to left, walk.


According to ESPN, Daisuke Matsuzaka is on the trading block:

The Red Sox would move pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has a full no-trade clause, if they could add to their young catching inventory, the source said.

...Matsuzaka's future may depend on whether the club decides it has enough starting depth in the rotation. ...

Matsuzaka is 0-1 with a 11.42 ERA in three spring starts, so teams aren't exactly falling all over themselves in pursuit of the Japanese right-hander. He gave up five runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, and averaged just a touch over 89 miles an hour on his fastball, well below the velocity he showed when he first came to the Red Sox four years ago.

"His rhythm was all out of whack,'' the source said. "I don't know if it's because that's what the team wants, but I think he's become too much of a conventional pitcher. He's got to go back to pitching 'left-handed' again, dropping down at times, throwing from all kinds of angles, turning the ball over. He's not doing that as much.''

Matsuzaka did not do any throwing on the 12th because of a pain in his neck.  His next start will probably come on the 15th.


Kenshin Kawakami is currently scheduled to pitch 2 innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 14th.


Kei Igawa was on his way to Japan on the 12th.  He will probably be away from the NY Yankees for about a week.

Said Igawa (while at an airport in Tampa), "I got a phone call from my wife and she told me everyone was alright.  But I haven't spoken to my parents and I want to see them myself. ... [My wife told me] that there's stuff lying all over the place in the house and that most of our dishes were broken.  Every time there's an aftershock, my family rushes into the car for shelter."


The Red Sox held a moment of silence before their game against the Florida Marlins on the 12th.