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3/7/2012: Takashi Saito, Munenori Kawasaki, Yu Darvish

by on Mar.07, 2012 @ 4:19 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 6:

Seattle Mariners 8 - Cincinnati Reds 6
Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted third.  He went 3-for-3: single to left, RBI single to left (run scored), RBI single to right.  Ichiro was replaced on defense in the 6th.

Munenori Kawasaki started at second and batted second.  He went 1-for-2: walk, bunt single (run scored), ground out to first.  Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 6th. [Nikkan Sports]

Pittsburgh Pirates 5 - New York Yankees 4
Ryota Igarashi entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Pirates up 2-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

LA Angels 6 - Chicago White Sox 2
Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted fifth.  He went 0-for-2: ground out to short, fly out to center.  Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 4th inning. [Nikkan Sports]

Oakland A's 6 - Milwaukee Brewers 0
Norichika Aoki started in right and batted eighth.  He went 0-for-2: ground out to first, ground out to second.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Nikkan Sports]

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Hiroki Kuroda played some catch and did some running between the outfield poles on Tuesday.  He is scheduled to pitch two innings in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Takashi Saito will pitch in an exhibition game against the Seattle Mariners on March 10.  For Saito, it will be a special outing because it will also be March 11 in Japan, the one-year anniversary of the Tohoku Earthquake.

Saito worked on his pick-off move on Tuesday.

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Koji Uehara tossed batting practice to minor leaguers before general team workouts on Tuesday.

Uehara is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 9; Yoshinori Tateyama against the Chicago White Sox on March 8.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka worked out his defense and hitting during practice on Tuesday.  He is slated to play in Wednesday's game against the Baltimore Orioles.

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Hisashi Iwakuma's next outing will likely come against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 10.

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Tsuyoshi Wada will likely be allowed to toss a bullpen session on Wednesday.

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Yu Darvish did not do any pitching on Tuesday.  His workouts lasted about two hours and included infield drills and short distance running.  Darvish will be starting Wednesday's exhibition game against the San Diego Padres.

Daily Sports mentions that pitching coach Mike Maddux is interested in learning more about how Darvish prepares himself and not force-feed him US methods.

Nikkan Sports has posted a list of possible exhibition game outings for Darvish and their guess at what the starting rotation will be like for the first month of the regular season.

Round-up of TV channels in Japan that will be broadcasting Darvish's outing (via Nikkan Sports) on March 8 (Japan time):

  • JSports 2, beginning at 4:35am
  • NHK BS2, beginning at 4:30am
  • TBS and TBS affiliates, beginning at 4:45am

FYI: the Rangers received permission use the DH for their game against the San Diego Padres on March 7.