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3/13/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Ryota Igarashi, Wei-Ying Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Mar.13, 2012 @ 1:19 pm, under MLB

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]

Houston Astros 4 - New York Yankees 2
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and tossed three shutout innings.  Final line: 3 IP, 12 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 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]

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Sanspo notes that the LA Dodgers are showing interest an in Hideki Matsui.

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Hiroki Kuroda's next outing will likely come on March 17 against the Houston Astros.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka told reporters on Monday that his let pinky was fine and that he would be able to play in Tuesday's game.

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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.

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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.