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2/22/2012: Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Feb.22, 2012 @ 3:57 am, under MLB

Yu Darvish arrived at Texas Rangers Spring Training facilities in Surprise, AZ at around 8:30am on Tuesday.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka arrived in Fort Myers, FL on Tuesday.

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Nikkan Sports has posted an interview with Hiroki Kuroda.  Below are the more interesting sections:

Do you feel a little easier knowing that Russell Martin, a former teammate, is here?

Of course.  He knows what kind of pitcher I am and I think having a catcher like that on the team will be a good thing for me.

Did the manager or any of the coaches say anything to you?

The pitching coach used to be with the Chicago Cubs, so he knows my style.  With Russell and with the pitching coach, they know what kind of pitcher I am and in that sense, I feel like I do not have to explain myself so much and I can just do what I have to in order to prepare.

You got the number 18 from Andruw Jones, have you already thanked him?

I have not seen him today.  I am not really sure, but we played together on the Dodgers before so I would like to say hi to him (laughter).

And then you will negotiate with him?

Negotiate...? (laughter)  He has a lot of money so I do not think he will be satisfied with a half-baked proposition (laughter).

So you asked Jones by way of the team?

I was not involved in that part personally, so I am not really sure.  From what I understand, the GM spoke to my agent about it.  I think that is how it got started.

Did you feel they respected you in that regard?

Well, I am kind of old, and it seems like they understand me.  Things are obviously different compared to my first year with the Dodgers, so in that sense it will be a lot easier for me.