Exhibition games from March 12:
Seattle Mariners 6 - Texas Rangers 4
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third. He went 0-for-2: ground out to second, ground out to first, walk (stole second). Ichiro was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at second and batted ninth. He went 0-for-3: ground out to the pitcher, strikeout swinging, ground out to short. Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 8th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Rangers up 2-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 18-12 NP-S, 4 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Oakland A's 9 - Chicago White Sox 4
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in right and batted fifth. He went 1-for-2: walk, ground out to second, two-run single to center. Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 6th inning. [Nikkan Sports]
LA Dodgers 9 - LA Angels 1
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Angels down 4-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]
Philadelphia Phillies 4 - Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ryota Igarashi (PIT) entered the game in the 7th inning, with the Pirates down 2-0, and gave up two runs over two innings of work. Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Toronto Blue Jays 4 - Baltimore Orioles 1
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed a run on two hits and a walk over three innings of work. Final line: 3 IP, 13 BF, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Sanspo notes that the LA Dodgers are showing interest an in Hideki Matsui.
Hiroki Kuroda's next outing will likely come on March 17 against the Houston Astros.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka told reporters on Monday that his let pinky was fine and that he would be able to play in Tuesday's game.
Tsuyoshi Wada is doing much better now and it seems he could pitch in a game as early as either March 18 or 19. Wada is still scheduled to toss live batting practice on March 14.
Yu Darvish's third start will be against the Milwaukee Brewers on March 19 -- that is five days of rest from his second start against the Cleveland Indians on March 13.
Darvish was also interviewed by Fox Sports Southwest's Emily Jones.