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3/16/2011: Hideki Matsui, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Koji Uehara

by on Mar.16, 2011 @ 10:58 am, under MLB

Exhibition games from the 15th:

Chicago Cubs 8 - Oakland A's 1
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 4th.  He went went 0-for-4: strikeout swinging, GIDP, fly out to left, fly out to right.  Matsui does not have a hit in 2 straight games.

Red Sox 2 - Detroit Tigers 1
Daisuke Matsuzaka started the game and did not allow a run over 5 innings of work: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO, 0 HR.  FWIW: Matsuzaka's son celebrated his 3rd birthday.

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Buck Showalter told reporters on the 15th that Koji Uehara's condition has improved to the point where he'll probably be able to pitch during the weekend.  Uehara is currently scheduled to toss a bullpen session on the 16th and if he doesn't hit any setbacks after that, he'll pitch in a game on 2 days of rest.

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Yoshinori Tateyama was informed that he was being sent down to AAA Round Rock on the 15th (0-0, 7.71 ERA, 4 G, 4.2 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 0 HBP, 1 BB, 2 SO).  Tateyama will join the AAA team for practice beginning on the 16th.  Tateyama has a split contract that will pay him US$800,000 (~64M yen) if he makes the MLB roster and US$200,000 if he's on the minor league roster.

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Kosuke Fukudome told reporters that he's trying to see what happens when he moves away from home plate a little when in the batter's box.

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Hiroki Kuroda decided to donate about 4M yen (US$50,000) to rescue and relief efforts in northern Japan after hearing that the LA Dodgers will be collecting donations.  During a team meeting, Kuroda also thanked the club for their money-raising efforts and asked for their continued support. ... The LA Angels managed to raise about US$120,000 (~9.6M yen) on the 14th.  A total US$250,000 was raised between Rose Bowl Stadium and Angels Stadium on the 14th. ... The Boston Red Sox collected about US$35,000 (~2.8M yen) on the first day of their donation collections (donation boxes + online donations).  In addition to that amount, the Boston Red Sox will be donating US$50,000 (~4M yen) and each of the four Japanese players on the team will also be making donations.