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3/20/2012: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Vladimir Guerrero, Yu Darvish

by on Mar.20, 2012 @ 5:10 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 19:

Chicago Cubs 12 - Seattle Mariners 7
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 1-for-4: two-run homer (1) to right, fly out to center, fly out to left, pop out to short, walk. [Sanspo]

Milwaukee Brewers 5 - Texas Rangers 3
Yu Darvish (TEX) started the game for the Rangers and allowed one run on one hit and three walks over four innings of work.  Final line: 4 IP, 70-39 NP-S, 16 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR, 1 WP, 1 HBP. [Daily Sports, Sanspo, Nikkan Sports]

Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 8th, with the Rangers down 4-3, and allowed a run on one hit over an inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 14-9 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Sanspo]

Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in center and batted eighth.  He went 3-for-3: RBI single to center, single to center (steals second), two-run triple to right.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Sanspo]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw forty pitches during batting practice against minor league players on Monday.

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Via SanspoTsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) was optioned to Triple-A on Monday morning.

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Hisashi Iwakuma's next outing was moved due to the rain-out on March 18 -- it will now be against the Cincinnati Reds on March 20 (second pitcher, fifty-sixty pitches).

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Yu Darvish is scheduled to toss about five innings during an intra-squad start against minor league players on March 25.

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Via Sanspo, Vladimir Guerrero may consider Japan if he does not get any offers from MLB teams.  From CBS Sports' Jon Heyman:

Vladimir Guerrero will consider going to Japan to play if there are no offers from major league teams by the end of spring training, agent Fern Cuza told CBSSports.com.