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1/15/2012: Koji Uehara, Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 4:09 pm, under MLB

Koji Uehara held a baseball clinic for youth baseball players in Neyagawa, Osaka today.

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Via Sponichi: CBS New York's Sean Hartnett briefly mentions that the New York Yankees still need a left-handed bat and could turn to Hideki Matsui.  Sponichi also mentions the following quote made by an unnamed Baltimore Orioles' rep: "There is probably more interest in Matsui with Luke Scott signing with the Tampa Bay Rays.  The 27 games Matsui played in the outfield last year is definitely a good thing."

On Friday, Matsui worked out for about an hour and a half in Tokyo.  His workouts included playing catch and taking BP.  It was Matsui's seventh straight day of workouts.

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Hiroki Kuroda apparently picked the New York Yankees because he felt they were the closest to winning a championship (out of the group that made offers to him).

Nikkan Sports is also reporting that while the US media is saying Kuroda's deal was US10M, the offer may have actually been US16M.

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Via Sponichi: The Cincinnati Reds are looking for a left fielder and MLB.com's Mark Sheldon mentions Kosuke Fukudome as an option:

Kosuke Fukudome brings a left-handed bat to the table and the ability to play all three outfield spots. Fukudome, who turns 35 in April, has been a .260 hitter with a .361 on-base percentage in four Major League seasons since moving from Japan, but he isn't as much of a home run threat.

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The Seattle Mariners x Yomiuri Giants Baseball Clinicht took place at Giants Stadium in Kawasaki today.  Ken Griffey Jr and Eric Wedge were guest instructors.  About 100 boys and girls from youth baseball teams in Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Iwaki, Fukushima attended the clinic.

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Deadlines:

Norichika Aoki - 1/17 at 5pm EST (1/18 at 7am JST)

Yu Darvish - 1/18 at 5pm EST (1/19 at 7am JST)