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3/18/2011: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Hideki Matsui, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.18, 2011 @ 2:18 pm, under MLB

From exhibition games on the 17th:

Detroit Tigers 4 - Minnesota Twins 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at second and batted 2nd (replaced on defense in the 5th).  He went 1-for-3: line out to first, RBI single to right, ground out to second.  Nishioka extended his hitting streak to 7 games.

Oakland A's 6 - Chicago Cubs 5
Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted 5th (replaced by a pinch-runner in the 7th).  He went 2-for-3: single to right, fly out to left, single to left.

Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted 8th (replaced on defense in the 7th).  He went 0-for-2: walk, fly out to right, ground out to third.

Atlanta Braves 7 - Washington Nationals 6
Kenshin Kawakami entered the game in the 6th, with the Braves up 4-0, and did not give up a run over 2 innings of work: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.

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The Red Sox named their starting rotation on the 17th and it appears Daisuke Matsuzaka will be their number 5 pitcher.

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Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about 1.5 hours in the afternoon on the 17th.  During outdoor BP, he took 52 swings and hit 3 over the fence.  He also took 26 swings during indoor soft-toss.  Ichiro is scheduled to play on the 18th against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It seems Ichiro also donated 100M yen to rescue and relief efforts.

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Jason Varitek helped out the four Japanese players on the Red Sox collect donations before the game on the 17th. ... Koji Uehara was shocked, disappointed, and embarrassed at how strong the Yomiuri Giants have been pushing to start the season on time.  Said Uehara, "What in the world are they thinking?  It's being talked about in the news over here as well.  There isn't enough energy over there right now and there are blackouts, right?  And their talk about playing night game is ridiculous. ... That's just foolish.  The Giants' popularity and baseball's popularity is probably going to take a hit." ... Bobby Valentine is trying to set up a relief fund to help rescue and relief efforts in Japan. ... Kurt Suzuki's sister once taught English in Soma, Fukushima for a year after she graduated from college.  It seems the friends she made back then were all safe. ... The Oakland A's have set up a website for people who make donations to relief efforts.