Exhibition games from March 8:
Chicago White Sox 6 - Texas Rangers 3
Kosuke Fukudome (CHA) started in right and batted 6th. He went 1-for-2: strikeout looking, double to center (run scored), walk. Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 5th inning. [Sanspo]
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the White Sox up 6-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, NP-S 16-11, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
LA Angels 6 - Cleveland Indians 5
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the 3rd inning, with the Angels up 2-0, and tossed two shutout innings in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]
Seattle Mariners 10 - Chicago Cubs 3
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started the game as short and batted ninth. He went 1-for-3: ground out to catcher on bunt (stole second), RBI single to left (run scored), E5 (stole third, run scored). Kawasaki also committed a throwing error in the 6th inning. He was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Sanspo]
Hiroki Kuroda workouts on Thursday included strength training exercises in the morning and some running (about fifteen minutes). Kuroda is slated to toss a bullpen session on Friday in preparation for his next exhibition game outing on March 12 (Houston Astros).
Tsuyoshi Wada did not have any lingering effects on Thursday from his bullpen session the previous day and was allowed to play some light catch. He was also given the green light to work out with the other pitchers.
Sponichi reports that Hisashi Iwakuma could pitch against the Hanshin Tigers on March 25.