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3/17/2011: Hisanori Takahashi, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Ryota Igarashi

by on Mar.17, 2011 @ 10:39 am, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 16th:

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted 1st (replaced in the 6th on defense).  He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to second, line out to third.

Takashi Saito entered the game in the 6th, with the Brewers up 4-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

LA Angels 10 - Arizona Diamondbacks 8
Hisanori Takahashi entered the game in the 6th, with the Angels up 9-7, and tossed 2 shutout innings: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Minnesota Tinws 4 - NY Mets 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (removed on defense in the 6th).  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to second, single to center.  Nishioka also extended his hitting streak to 6 games.

Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th, with the score tied at 3, and gave up a run over an inning of work: 1 IP, 2 h, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.  He was the losing pitcher on record.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is changing his workouts in between starts.  He is going to try long distance throwing 2 days after start and bullpens 3 days after starts, instead of long distance throws AND bullpens 2 days after starts.  Said Matsuzaka, "When I was in Japan, I did them separately, but [since coming to the States] I was doing them as everyone else was."

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Hisanori Takahashi will be donating all money he makes during the off-season toward rescue and relief efforts in northern Japan.