Exhibition games from March 22:
LA Angles 7 - Kansas City Royals 4
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the 7th inning, with the Angels up 7-4, and tossed two shutout inning in relief. Final line: 2 IP, 7 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo, Nikkan Sports]
Chicago Cubs 11 - Texas Rangers 4
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the 7th inning, with the Rangers down 7-4, and gave up four runs on three hits over one inning of work. Final line: 1 IP, 21-15 NP-S, 7 BF, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 8th inning, with the Rangers down 11-4, and tossed a shutout inning in relief. Final line: 1 IP, 16-10 NP-S, 4 BF 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]
Baltimore Orioles 11 - Minnesota Twins 1
Wei-Ying Chen (BAL) started the game and allowed one run over five innings of work. He got the win and is now 2-1 in four exhibition game outings. Final line: 5 IP, 18 BF, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]
Several international players have secured lucrative endorsement deals in their native countries like Ichiro Suzuki (Japan)... Ichiro ranks fourth overall at $24.5 million, with off-field earnings of roughly $7 million in Japan.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw thirty pitches during batting practice on Thursday -- he face two batters and threw fifteen pitches to each. Matsuzaka could make it back to the MLB roster by early June.
Tsuyoshi Wada (BAL) faced thirteen batters and threw forty-seven pitches in a minor league game against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. He allowed a run (unearned) on two hits and struck out two. [Sanspo]
Yu Darvish (TEX) threw fifteen pitches from the wind in the bullpen on Thursday (bullpen theme: polish fastball; threw pitches like fastball, two-seamer, cutter; Darvish's idea). He was also seen speaking to pitching coach Mike Maddux both during and after the session. Darvish is scheduled to toss another bullpen on Friday. After general practices, he spent some time running along the outfield wall.