Exhibition games from March 15:
Cleveland Indians 12 - Chicago White Sox 3
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in right and batted fourth. He went 1-for-2: ground out to first, single to left (run scored), walk (caught trying to steal second), walk. Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-runner after his walk in the 8th. [Sanspo]
LA Angels 3 - Cincinnati Reds 1
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the 5th inning, with the Angels up 2-1, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]
Practice game: Chicago White Sox - Seattle Mariners
Munenori Kawasaki started at third and batted second. He went 2-for-5 with a homer, two RBI, and two strikeouts (in back-to-back at bats after the homer). He also handled four chances at third without a problem while also committing a fielding error in the 6th. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Sponichi]
Hiroki Kuroda has been pushing himself pretty hard during Spring Training this year and told reporters on Thursday that it felt close to being like spring camp in Japan.
Koji Uehara threw over forty pitches during batting practice on Thursday.
Ryota Igarashi worked on his change during a bullpen session on Thursday.
Tsuyoshi Nishioka took part in pre-game practices on Thursday but did not play. He instead watched the game from the dugout until the 5th inning. Nishioka is expected to play on Friday.
Norichika Aoki's strikeout on Wednesday was his first in twenty-eight trips to the plate.
Tsuyoshi Wada tossed thirty-three pitches to three batters during batting practice on Wednesday. On Thursday, he was given the green light to start Sunday's exhibition game against the Atlanta Braves.
Yu Darvish caught a few innings of Wednesday's game against the Colorado Rockies from the dugout before moving out into the bullpen area.
Darvish will not be traveling with the team on their next road trip that begins on Saturday. He will instead remain in Surprise, AZ in order to prepare for his next start on March 19 (vs Milwaukee).
On Thursday, Darvish did not do any pitching for the second day in a row and spent over ten minutes speaking to pitching coach Mike Maddux. He also picked up baseballs hit to the outfield during batting practice.