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3/22/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Mar.22, 2012 @ 8:02 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 21:

Chicago White Sox 13 - Seattle Mariners 8
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-4: homer to right, ground out to second, ground out to first, single on pop up to second.  Ichiro was replaced by a pinch-runner after his pop up single.  [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsDaily Sports]

Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) entered the game on defense at second in the 7th inning and went 1-for-1: walk (run scored), RBI single to center (run scored). [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsSanspo]

Kosuke Fukudome (CWB) started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to short, single to left, RBI double to left (run scored), strikeout swinging.  Fukudome was replaced on defense in the 6th inning.  [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsSanspo]

Pittsburgh Pirates 6 - Boston Red Sox 5
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the 4th inning, with the Red Sox down 4-3, and tossed three shutout innings in relief.  Final line: 3 IP, 9 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Daily Sports, Sanspo]

Milwaukee Brewers 0 - Arizona Diamondbacks 0
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in left and batted eighth.  He went 1-for-3: strikeout swinging, ground out pitcher to first, single to center (picked off).  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 8th. [Daily Sports]

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Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) told reporters he used to lift weights once in between his starts when he was with the LA Dodgers.  Kuroda is now getting used to lifting weight twice in between his starts.

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Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) will most likely throw about forty-five pitches over three innings or so during his minor league outing on Thursday.

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Yu Darvish is scheduled to throw about eighty pitches or go five innings during his intra-squad outing on March 25.

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Hisashi Iwakuma (SEA) will be pitching out of the bullpen.  From MLB.com:

Eric Wedge named his regular-season starting rotation on Wednesday and it didn't include Japanese standout Hisashi Iwakuma, who will instead begin the year pitching long relief out of the bullpen.

... Iwakuma said he'd never pitched in relief except during the World Baseball Classic and some Spring Training games, but he was ready for the challenge.

"I'm really surprised about [being a] reliever, but my role is [being] one of the team, so I'll do what I have to do for the team. That's the way I think right now."

... The biggest challenge could be Iwakuma's required warm-up time as someone who has typically been a starter. He was up in the bullpen throwing in the fourth inning Tuesday, then sat down and got back up again before entering in the sixth, which isn't normal for a reliever.

"That's another thing that went into our decision -- the guy loves to throw," Wedge said. "It's not a problem for him to get up and throw a little bit. And then if we call on him, he's ready. And if we don't, he's thrown a little bit anyway, which is what he would normally do.