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3/5/2012: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tsuyoshi Wada, Norichika Aoki

by on Mar.05, 2012 @ 2:45 pm, under MLB

Exhibition Games from March 4:

San Francisco Giants 11 - Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Takashi Saito entered the game in the top of the 6th inning, with Arizona down 8-0, and gave up two runs (none earned) on two hits over one inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 7 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO. [Nikkan Sports]

Seattle Mariners 5 - San Diego Padres 4
Munenori Kawasaki started at short and batted second.  He went 1-for-2: ground out to second, walk, infield hit (run scored).  Kawasaki was replaced in the 6th on defense. [Daily Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 1 - San Francisco Giants 1
Norichika Aoki entered the game as a defensive replacement in center in the 5th and went 0-for-2: ground out to the pitcher, fly out to center. [Nikkan Sports]

Boston Red Sox 8 - Minnesota Twins 3
Tsuyoshi Nishioka started at short and batted second.  He went 0-for-5: fly out to left, strikeout swinging, fly out to left, strikeout swinging, fly out to left. [Daily Sports]

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Hiroki Kuroda faced minor league players during batting practice on Sunday.  He threw twenty pitches and recorded three strikeouts: left-handed hitter on a sinker, left-handed hitter on a slider, and a right-handed hitter on a sinker.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw forty-one pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.

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Tsuyoshi Wada played catch at a max distance of about 120 feet (about thirty-six meters) on Sunday.  Wada is also  scheduled to throw off a partial incline on March 5.

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Norichika Aoki ran out of Japanese Ash bats and used a Maple bat during Saturday's intra-squad game.  Aoki's name was also written in Japanese on the dugout line-up card, courtesy bench coach Jerry Narron.  Narron has apparently been writing Japanese player names in Japanese beginning with Ichiro Suzuki in 2001.

Aoki is still adjusting to the drop in workload and has been working out before and after team practices.  He has also been spending time training at a park located near his living quarters (like swing the bat a few hundred times).

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Yu Darvish will likely be allowed to stay back in Surprise, AZ when the team splits for road games in Arizona and Nevada on March 17 and 18.  This is the team's attempt to keep Darvish fresh for the regular season.

MLB.com is reporting that Darvish's next start could come on Monday against the Seattle Mariners.  A snip from the article:

Manager Ron Washington said the Rangers are not going to hide Darvish in a 'B' or Minor League games if they are playing an American League West rival.

"If we had a closer coming over from the National League we might try to hide him," Washington said. "But when it's his time and it's against an AL West team, go get them."

Darvish played in a mini-game on Saturday where homers are worth three outs and players that hit them, have to go out and retrieve the ball.  Darvish had six plate appearances and hit two balls over the wall.

According to Sanspo, the Rangers sold 101,672 regular season tickets on the first day of ticket sales (March 3).

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Toru Murata left for the US out of Kansai Airport on Sunday.