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1/28/2012: Hisashi Iwakuma, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Jan.29, 2012 @ 3:19 pm, under MLB

Hisashi Iwakuma left for the Seatte out of Narita Airport on Saturday with his wife and kids and is currently scheduled to attend Seattle Mariners' FanFest.  Before leaving, he told reporters he has his sights set on pitching on opening day (3/28 at Tokyo Dome) and that he has been using an MLB regulation ball during practices (he is getting more break on his pitches).

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Hiroki Kuroda worked out in Los Angeles on Friday.  His workouts began at 8am.  While playing catch, he mixed in his curve, fork, and change.  Kuroda could also toss a bullpen session sometime next week.

FYI: Kuroda gets to take his translator, Kenji Nimura, along with him to the Yankees.  He has also decided to temporarily hold off on updating his blog as he focuses on preparing for the upcoming season.

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Ichiro Suzuki worked out for about two hours outdoors in Kobe on Saturday.