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1/9/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Norichika Aoki

by on Jan.09, 2012 @ 11:09 am, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about two hours at Hotto Motto Kobe on Sunday.  He later spoke to reporters and said he never imagined he would be able to play on the same team as Hisashi Iwakuma.  Ichiro then added that he looked forward to standing on the same field, wearing the same uniform, as Munenori Kawasaki and Iwakuma.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka played catch for the third straight day on Saturday -- 30 throws at a max distance of about 30 meters.  This was apparently the first time Matsuzuaka played catch three days in the row since his surgery.

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Norichika Aoki's workout with the Milwaukee Brewers lasted 90 minutes according to Sponichi and 75 minutes according to Nikkan Sports.  Eight Brewers' officials watched over Aoki -- team owner Mark Attanasio also reportedly dropped by.

A separate Sponichi report notes that Aoki took 32 swings during BP and even hit one over the right field fence and was flawless during fielding practice.

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Via Nikkan Sports: FOXSports' Ken Rosenthal has posted a statement released by Greg Genske, explaining why Hiroyuki Nakajima did not sign with the New York Yankees.  A snip of that statement:

Out of respect for the Yankees and for the process, we engaged in discussions, but it became clear that this was not a good fit at this stage of his career. Nakajima's decision had nothing to do with money; he just didn't feel that he would be using his abilities to the fullest and helping his club to the maximum extent possible in the role that the Yankees envisioned for him.

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If Yu Darvish signs with the Texas Rangers, travel agency H.I.S. is interested in putting together a travel package for fans.

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