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3/18/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Junichi Tazawa, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Mar.18, 2012 @ 4:29 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 17:

New York Yankees 6 - Houston Astros 3
Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) started the game and allowed one run on three hits over four innings of work.  Final line: 4 IP, 15 BF, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP. [Sanspo]

Chicago White Sox 5 - Seattle Mariners 0
Kosuke Fukudome (CHW) started in center and batted second.  He went 0-for-4: strikeout looking, fly out to center, fly out to center, ground out to first.  Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 8th. [Sanspo]

Boston Red Sox 7 - Balitmore Orioles 4
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game with no one on and two out in the top of the 7th, with the Red Sox up 7-1, and allowed three runs on three hits over one inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 7 BF, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

Arizona Diamondbacks 8 - Texas Rangers 6
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game with a runner on second and two out in the 5th inning, with Texas down 4-3, and allowed three runs over 1.1 innings of work. the  Final line: 1.1 IP, 25-14 NP-S, 8 BF, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Sanspo]

Tampa Bay Rays 2 - Pittsburgh Pirates 1
Ryota Igarashi (PIT) entered the game in the 9th, with the Pirates down 2-1, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

Baltimore Orioles 3 - Boston Red Sox 3
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed three runs on six hits over five innings of work.  Final line: 5 IP, 20 BF, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi]

Minnesota Twins 5 - Miami Marlins 2
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started at short and batted second.  He went 0-for-2: GIDP, sac bunt, pop out to third.  Nishioka was replaced on defense in the 6th inning. [Sanspo]

LA Angels 8 - Milwaukee Brewers 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) start in right and batted ninth.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to second, GIDP, single to center.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 8th. [Daily Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) did not play in Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox and instead worked out for about an hour and a half at the facilities in Peoria, AZ.  Ichiro took fifty-three swings during batting practice and hit twelve over the fence.  He also spent some time tracking down baseballs in right during batting practice.

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Hideki Matsui (FA) told reporters on Friday that he had nothing new to report and that he was continuing his workouts.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) could pitch in a game sometime in early April and make it back to the MLB roster in May.

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Yu Darvish (TEX) threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Saturday.  It was his second session in as many days.  Darvish is expected to toss about sixty-five pitches over four innings during his next exhibition game start on March 19.

On Friday, Darvish threw sixteen pitches in the bullpen before pausing to speak with pitching coach Mike Maddux.  He then closed out his session with eight more pitches.