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2/21/2012: Takashi Saito, Hisashi Iwakuma, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Feb.21, 2012 @ 3:05 pm, under MLB

Takashi Saito worked out for about an hour on the first day of Spring Training.  He wanted to toss a bullpen session but was not given clearance.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw about thirty pitches, including off-speed pitches, in the bullpen on Monday.

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Hisanori Takahashi's workouts on Monday included a game of catch and fielding practice.

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Hisashi Iwakuma faced four batters, including ten pitches to Ichiro Suzuki (no swings), during batting practice on Monday.  Iwakuma threw a total thirty pitches.

Ichiro faced two other pitchers and saw fifteen more pitches and swung at the last five.

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Ichiro's cleats this season will weigh 230 grams, twenty grams lighter than last year.

Incidentally, asics has a section devoted to Ichiro's cleats over the years (does not include 2012).

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Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama both tossed bullpen sessions on Monday.  Tateyama threw forty pitches.

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Tsuyoshi Wada threw ten pitches indoors and twenty-eight pitches, including sliders and change-ups, outdoors in front of a motion capture machine on Sunday.

Wada is scheduled to toss bullpen session on February 21 and February 23.  He will then go on to pitch batting practice on February 26. (US times)

On Monday, Wada spent about an hour talking to manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair.

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Sponichi notes that Baltimore Orioles' Dan Duquette does not think Hideki Matsui is not a good fit for team and that while they were looking for a DH at one point, they filled the position by signing Wilson Betemit.  And with the New York Yankees signing Raul Ibanez, the best Matsui might be able to do now is get a minor league deal.

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Albert Pujols bumped into Yu Darvish while working out in Los Angeles.  A snip from an MLB.com article:

"I was working out and he walked in and introduced himself, really nice guy, really humble," Pujols said Monday in Tempe, Ariz. "Obviously he's looking forward to it and he's looking forward to the battle. He knows we're in the same division. It's going to be fun."

On Sunday, about twenty Japanese media reporters showed up at the Texas Rangers' Spraining Training complex.

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Former Yokohama Bay Star/Yomiuri Giant Marc Kroon has decided to retire -- Twitter announcement.

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