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2/24/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Feb.24, 2012 @ 4:08 pm, under MLB

Ichiro Suzuki will be starting in right and batting third during Friday's intra-squad game.  Munenori Kawasaki will be starting at short and batting sixth for the opposite team.

On Wednesday, Ichiro took fourteen swings during batting practice and collected five could-be hits.

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Batters swung the bat thirteen times during Hisashi Iwakuma's twenty-nine pitch batting practice outing on Wednesday and connected for six could-be hits.  Iwakuma is scheduled to toss a bullpen session on February 25 and pitch in an intra-squad game on February 28.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw his fastball, slider, curve, sinker, cutter, and splitter during his bullpen session on Wednesday.

Kuroda has been fishing during his free time -- the other day he caught a shark over a meter long using shrimp as bait.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.

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Koji Uehara threw twenty-four pitches in the bullpen on Thursday while Yoshinori Tateyama threw nineteen.  Both pitchers also tossed batting practice.

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Tsuyoshi Wada threw thirty-two pitches in the bullpen on Thursday.  He is also scheduled to pitch batting practice on February 26.

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Ryota Igarashi did not toss a bullpen session on Thursday and is scheduled to pitch batting practice on Friday.

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Norichika Aoki appeared at a press conference on Thursday.  MLB.com has posted a portion of the press conference.