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3/14/2012: Junichi Tazawa, Yu Darvish, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Mar.14, 2012 @ 6:30 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 13:

Boston Red Sox 1 - New York Yankees 0
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the 9th, with the Red Sox up 1-0, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He was also credited with a save and topped out at 94mph (~151km/h).  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo, Sanspo]

Seattle Mariners 7 - Milwaukee Brewers 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, ground out to first (force, picked off first), ground out to first.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Sanspo, Sponichi]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 0-for-1: strikeout looking, sac bunt.  Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Sanspo, Sponichi]

Texas Rangers 8 - Cleveland Indians 8
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game and allowed two runs (both earned) on three hits and four walks over three innings of work.  Final line: 3 IP, 61 NP, 13 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Rangers up 7-2, and allowed two runs (both earned) on two hits and one walk over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 6 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]


Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He also had Carl Crawford stand in the batter's box partway through the session.  Assuming no problems, Matsuzaka may get to toss live batting practice within the next few days.


Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) did not play again on Tuesday and told reporters that he was fine and that there was nothing wrong.  He did take part in fielding and hitting practices.  Nishioka will most likely return to the starting line at short on Wednesday.


Ryohei Tanaka (BAL) is trying to make the MLB roster.  Said Tanaka, "I need to put up some good results.  I am approaching this as if I should quit if I do not make it out of triple-A."


Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) will likely play some third against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.


A Cleveland Indians scout is apparently concerned about how Yu Darvish (TEX) throws the ball after wiping his sweat with his right hand.  Sanspo notes that on July 24, 2007, an umpire saw Daisuke Matsuzaka touching the baseball after wiping sweat with his throwing hand and called the pitch a ball.

Daily Sports notes that the Texas Rangers hired former Yokohama Bay Stars interpreter Gong Wen (ゴン・ウェン) to help out -- he can speak Chinese, Japanese, and English.