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3/26/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish

by on Mar.26, 2012 @ 12:04 pm, under MLB

Exhibition games from March 25:

San Diego Padres 4 - Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the 7th inning, with Arizona down 2-1, and gave up two runs on two hits over one inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 20-12 NP-S, 7 BF, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 2 HBP. [Sanspo]

LA Angels 6 - Texas Rangers 5
Yoshinori Tateyama (TEX) entered the game in the 7th inning, with the Rangers down 2-0, and recorded a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR. [Sanspo]

Milwaukee Brewers 7 - LA Dodgers 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 2-for-2: infield single (picked off), solo homer to right, sac bunt.  Aoki was replaced on defense in the 7th inning. [Sanspo]


Hiroki Kuroda (NYY) threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Sunday.  He is scheduled to throw around 100 pitches during his next start against the Atlanta Braves on March 28.

Kuroda has lost about five kilograms since the start of Spring Training.


Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS) threw thirty pitches (including off-speed pitches) on Sunday before general workouts.  Partway through the session, he also had someone stand in the batter's box for him.  He closed out his practices a little earlier than normal and left without saying anything to the media.


Yu Darvish (TEX) started an intra-squad game on Sunday and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings.  All four runs scored in the 4th inning on five hits.  He also struck out eleven and threw eighty-five pitches.  Darvish's first regular season start will either be against the Chicago White Sox on April 8 or Seattle Mariners on April 9. [MLB.com, Sponichi]

One of the hits Darvish surrendered was a double to Hirotoshi Onaka over the third base bag on a two-seamer.

Sanspo notes that the Rangers are thinking about adding a new item on their menu that might appeal to Japanese fans, like wrapping sausages in wonton skin or rice paper with seaweed, wasabi, and mayo.

5 comments on “3/26/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Norichika Aoki, Yu Darvish

    1. Steve

      In preseason. Lots of people bat well in preseason when the pitchers aren’t up to speed. Let’s see if he can do it in the regular season when it’s a completely different beast.

  1. Carter

    he was 1-1 with a triple (RBI) today so things are looking good for him, he’s the best hitting outfielder on the team right now.

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