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3/17/2012: Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroki Kuroda, Kei Igawa

by on Mar.17, 2012 @ 2:12 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 16:

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 - Chicago White Sox 2
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the 6th, with the Diamondbacks up 4-2, and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

LA Dodgers 5 - Texas Rangers 2
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 7th, with the Rangers down 5-2, and tossed two shutout innings in relief.  Final line: 2 IP, 8 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 3 - Minnesota Twins 1
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started the game at short and batted second.  He went 0-for-1: sac bunt, walk (caught stealing second), pop out to second.  Nishioka was replaced on defense in the 7th. [Daily Sports]

Kansas City 9 - Milwaukee Brewers 4
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-3: reached on E3, strikeout swinging, single to center.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Daily Sports]

Oakland A's 6 - Seattle Mariners 1
Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) started the game and gave up five runs (three earned) over four innings of work.  FInal line: 4 IP, 20 BF, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 3-for-4: RBI single to right, ground out to first, double to right, single to center. [Nikkan Sports]

Seattle Mariners 6 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started the game at short and batted second.  He went 0-for-2: sac bunt, pop out to short, sac bunt, ground out to short.  Kawasaki was replaced on defense in the 8th. [Daily Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki hit nine over the fence during batting practice on Thursday.

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Hiroki Kuroda got some pointers on how to throw the cutter from Mariano Rivera before practices on Friday. Kuroda is slated to pitch four innings against the Houston Astros on Saturday.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw twenty-eight pitches, including some off-speed stuff, to two minor league hitters during batting practice on Friday.

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Koji Uehara threw forty-three pitches to three minor league hitters during batting practice on Thursday and allowed four could-be hits.

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Tsuyoshi Wada threw twenty-seven pitches in the bullpen on Friday.  He also checked on his two-seamer.  Wada is scheduled to pitch against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday; he is expected to pitch around two innings.

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Yu Darvish was scheduled to pitch batting practice on Friday but instead tossed sixteen pitches (from the wind) in the bullpen under the watchful eye of pitching coach Mike Maddux.

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Via Nikkan SportsKei Igawa has been hitting the arcade center after practices and told fans through his blog that he recently participated in a 128-team championship tournament for World Club Champion Football (soccer) and won the Kanto Regionals.

With regards to his training, he wrote that he started pitching on April 4 and was able to throw thirty pitches.  His workouts have also included playing catch, running, and weights.

As for his status for the 2012 season, he is still not sure where he will be playing next year and is leaving everything up to his agent.