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3/19/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Kei Igawa

by on Mar.19, 2012 @ 2:50 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 18:

Seattle Mariners vs Colorado Rockies - Canceled due to rain
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) was the starting DH and batted third.  He had gone 1-for-2: single to right, line out to second.  Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at second and batted second.  He had gone 0-for-2: ground out to first, walk, fly out to left.  The game was called during the 5th inning.  [Daily Sports]

Chicago White Sox 7 - Chicago Cubs 5
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) started in right and batted fifth. He went 1-for-2: fly out to center, single to left.  Fukudome was replaced by a pinch-hitter after his single in the 4th inning.  [Daily Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 2 - Atlanta Braves 2
Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) entered the game in the 6th inning and allowed a run on one hit over two innings of work. Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP. [Daily Sports]

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Practice game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs Minnesota Twins
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started at short and batted second.  He went 1-for-4 (infield single). [Sanspo]

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Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) is scheduled to toss a bullpen session on Tuesday before his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

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Toru Mihara told reporters that a number of teams, from both the US and Japan, have contacted him about his clientKei Igawa's (FA).  When asked if there was a chance he might have to skip out a year, Mihara said no.

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Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) was about to enter the game in relief in the 5th inning when time was called due to the rain.  The game was ultimately canceled.

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Ryota Igarashi's (PIT) next outing will likely come against the New York Yankees on March 20.

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Yu Darvish's (TEX) workouts on Sunday included playing catch and some short distance running.

Nikkan Sports notes that Darvish may have been told to pitch out of the set position for his two exhibition games after he started Spring Training by pitching out of the wind.  The Rangers may have then asked him to go back to pitching out of the wind again for his last two bullpen sessions.

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Hirotoshi Onaka (TEX) collected two hits in a Single-A intra-squad game on Sunday.

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