Exhibition games from March 10:
Los Angeles Dodgers 5 - Seattle Mariners 5
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 1-for-3: ground out to the catcher, FC (picked off first), RBI double to left (run scored). Ichiro was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) started the game and allowed two runs on four hits over four innings of work. Final line: 4 IP, 52-31 NP-S, 17 BF, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP. [Daily Sports]
Seattle Mariners 7 - Arizona Diamondbacks 1
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at second and batted first. He went 3-for-5: single to right, two-run single to center, line out to left, ground out first, RBI single to left. [Nikkan Sports]
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the 4th, with Arizona trailing 4-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Chicago White Sox 3 - Texas Rangers 2
Kosuke Fukudome (CHA) started in center and batted second. He went 0-for-3: fly out to center, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking. Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Sanspo]
Boston Red Sox 5 - Tampa Bay Rays 0
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 8th, with the Red Sox up 4-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Chicago Cubs 6 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted second. He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to second, ground out to second. Aoki was replaced on defense in the 8th inning. [Dailiy Sports]
Hideki Matsui swung the bat 300 or more times five days in a row, including 315 on Friday. Matsui focused on weight training on Saturday.
Hiroki Kuroda has been going to sleep at 10pm every night in order to wake up at around 6am everyday in order to make the 7:30am workout sessions with the other pitchers. The morning workout sessions include about an hour of strength training exercises. He may need to change that schedule a little as his next start will be at 7:05pm against the Houston Astros (March 12).
Daisuke Matsuzaka threw forty-one pitches, including eight sliders and four change-ups, in the bullpen on Saturday.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka went 1-for-3 in a minor league practice game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to toss around seventy-five pitches over five innings during his next start (vs Milwaukee) on March 16.
Tsuyoshi Wada joined the other pitchers that were not pitching in exhibition games for light practices on Saturday. Afterward, Wada also did some long distance throwing.
Yu Darvish faced two batted and threw forty-three pitches during batting practice on Saturday.