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3/4/2012: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Ryota Igarashi, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Mar.04, 2012 @ 1:31 pm, under MLB

Nikkan Sports round up for practices on Saturday:

  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka played in a game against the Tampa Bay Rays and went 2-for-3 with a triple.
  • Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted first against the Oakland A's and went 0-for-2 with two strike outs and one walk.
  • Ryota Igarashi retired the side in order in the 8th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays; he also struck out two.
  • Both Norichika Aoki and Kosuke Fukudome played in intra-squad games and did not collect any hits.

Exhibition Games from March 3:

Minnesota Twins 7 - Tampa Bay Rays 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka entered the game as defensive replacement at short in the 5th inning and went 2-for-3 with an RBI: infield single, ground out to first (RBI), triple to center. (Nikkan Sports)

Toronto Blue Jays 7 - Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 8th with the Pirates down 7-1 and retired the side in order.  He also topped out at 155km/h.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO. (Nikkan Sports, Sanspo)

Oakland A's 9 - Seattle Mariners 2
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted third.  He went 0-for-2: strikeout, strikeout, walk.  Ichiro was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. (Nikkan Sports)

Boston Red Sox 6 - BC Eagles 3
Junichi Tazawa entered the game in the 3rd inning and gave up two runs on four hits over two innings of work.  He also topped out at 92mph (~148km/h).  Final line: 2 IP, 11 BF, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO.  (Sanspo)

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Hiroki Kuroda's workouts on Saturday included playing catch and running short dashes.

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Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted third during an intra-squad game on Saturday.  In two trips to the plate he flew out to left and walked.  Fukudome also spent about thirty minutes signing autographs.

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Koji Uehara, Yoshinori Tateyama, and Yu Darvish kept their workouts light on Saturday and did not do anything throwing.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka viewed footage of his swing during batting practice on Saturday.  He also reportedly asked Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, and Tony Olivo for their opinions.

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Norichika Aoki went 0-for-2 (two ground ball outs) during an intra-squad game on Saturday.

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Wei-Ying Chen pitched in an intra-squad game on Saturday and faced five batters, threw thirty-two pitches, struck out one, walked one, and allowed two hits.  Chen is scheduled to pitch against the Minnesota Twins on March 7.

Tsuyoshi Wada did not do anything pitching on Saturday -- he is slated to do some long distance throwing on Sunday.

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Via Sanspo, 103.3 FM ESPN Radio will be carrying the play-by-play for Yu Darvish's two inning exhibition game outing against the San Diego Padres on March 7.