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[2/12/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kenta Maeda, Yu Darvish

by on Feb.12, 2014 @ 4:26 pm, under MLB

An Ichiro Suzuki 2012 ALCS home run game-used bat will be auctioned off by Heritage Auctions during their Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction between February 22 and 23.

Source: Sponichi 2/12/2014, auction listing

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Daisuke Matsuzaka drove down to Florida from Boston.  And some other bits about the veteran from ESPN's Adam Rubin:

... Matsuzaka flew commercially from Tokyo to Boston, then drove with Cutler down the East Coast to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. 

"Just one stop," Dice-K said. "After doing it once, I think next time I'll fly down here."

...  "And if I didn't have the confidence to win a spot on a major-league rotation, I would have just decided to go back to Japan. So I have the confidence of winning a spot, but that’s something I have to prove in the next two months.

"I decided from the very beginning of the offseason that if the Mets made me an offer that I would take it. It was a short period of time, but from the very beginning I was able to communicate well with Dan [Warthen] and Terry [Collins] and the other coaches. So I felt really comfortable and thought this was a place I wanted to be."

Source: ESPN 2/11/2014 via Sponichi 2/12/2014

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Texas Rangers Scout Joe Yuichi Furukawa was at Hiroshima Carp Nichinan Camp on Tuesday.  He exchanged greetings with Kenta Maeda.

* Furukawa spent three years in the Hiroshima organization.

Source: Sponichi 2/12/2014

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If you do not like gossipy rumors, skip the rest of this post.

The media in Japan has been throwing around rumors about Yu Darvish being in a "heated" relationship with Fuji TV reporter Ayako Kato.  The rumor was originally reported by Sponichi on Tuesday and arose when the paper caught the two eating dinner at a restaurant in Tokyo.  Darvish has since tweeted that the rumor was reported without any confirmation from him and that he did not plan on answering questions from Sponichi during Spring Training.  He also denied the rumor.