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[3/9/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Norchika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Mar.09, 2014 @ 4:52 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/8 KCR 6
MIL 7
RF 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .263
Batted lead-off. G4, 1B8 two RBI (R), L5. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 6th. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Sponichi 3/9/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/8 MIN 3
TOR 4
3B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .300
Entered the game on defense at third in the top of the 8th. 1B4. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Sponichi 3/9/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/8 LAD 5
TEX 5
PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Andy Parrino in the bottom of the 9th. 1B6. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Sponichi 3/9/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Shunsuke Watanabe BOS 3/8 BAL 13
BOS 2
  6 1.0 2 2 2 0 1 0 9.00
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with the bases loaded, no out, and Boston down 7-0. He allowed all three inherited runners to score. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014, Sponichi 3/9/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Yu Darvish Bullpen 3/8 36 Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 3/8 33 J.R. Murphy caught the session; did not throw any cutters; focus was on confirming balance.  Sponichi 3/9/2014, Daily Sports 3/9/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Simulated Game 3/8? 15 Faced minor league hitters. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014
Hideyoshi Otake ISG 3/8   Intra-squad game, faced 6 hitters, did not allow any runs, gave up 1 hit and struck out 1. Nikkan Sports 3/9/2014

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[3/8/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Mar.08, 2014 @ 4:16 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/7 DET 2
NYY 3
LF 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .167
Batted seventh. Kl, BB, G3. Replaced on defense in the top of the 7th. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/7 SFG 5
KCR 0
CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250
Batted lead-off. 2B7 (CS), G6. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 5th. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/7 TBR 6
TOR 3
SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .222
Entered the game on defense at short in the top of the 7th. G3, G3. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/7 TEX 1
LAD 2
PH-2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Andy Parrino in the top of the 7th. Remained in the game at second. SH3. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 9th. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 3/7 STL 5
NYM 5
  13 2.0 6 2 1 0 3 0 4.50
Started the game. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014, ZakZak 3/8/2014
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 3/7 DET 2
NYY 3
  10 2.2 1 0 0 1 5 0 0.00
Started the game. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 3/7 ATL 1
BOS 4
  4 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 5th with no score. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 3/7 ATL 1
BOS 4
  4 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.50
Entered the game in the 6th with no score. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Sponichi 3/8/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 3/7 CHC 3
ANA 2
  11 2.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 6th with Chicago down 1-0. Sponichi 3/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/8/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Kyuji Fujikawa Bullpen 3/7 28 Sponichi 3/8/2014
Yu Darvish Bullpen 3/6 22 Sanspo 3/8/2014

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[3/3/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Kensuke Tanaka, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Mar.03, 2014 @ 12:49 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/2 KCR 5
CHC 3
CF 2 0 0 1 0 1 2 .250
Batted lead-off. Ks, L7, SF7. Replaced by pinch-hitter in the 6th. Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/2 CWS 9
TEX 7
2B 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 .500
Entered the game in the top of the 6th on defense at second. 1B9 (R), BB (R). Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/2 NYY 8
TOR 2
PR/SS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400
Entered the game as a pinch-runner for Jose Reyes in the bottom of the 5th. Remained in the game and took after at short in the top of the 6th. G1. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 3/2 NYM 1
STL 7
  8 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 4.50
Started the game. Nikkan Sports 3/3/2014, Daily Sports 3/3/2014

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[3/1/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Munenori Kawasaki, Norichika Aoki

by on Mar.01, 2014 @ 10:06 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 2/28 KCR 11
TEX 1
RF 3 1 2 0 1 0 0 .333
Batted lead-off. 1B7, 2B8/9, E6, BB. Replaced on defense in the 6th. Sanspo 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 2/28 KCR 11
TEX 1
2B 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .000
Batted ninth. G6, BB. Replaced on defense in the 7th. Sanspo 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 2/28 PIT 2
TOR 4
SS 2 1 2 0 1 0 0 .667
Batted second. 1B8, 1B4, BB. Replaced on defense in the 7th. Sanspo 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014, Sponichi 3/1/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Matsuzaka Bullpen 2/28   Did some shadow pitching then threw a number of pitches. Sanspo 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/28 32 Sanspo 3/1/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/1/2014

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Boston Red Sox

Seattle Mariners

The Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton tweeted that Hisashi Iwakuma "won't begin throwing for three more weeks." Source: Twitter 3/1/2014

And from MLB.com's Greg Johns:

... Iwakuma was examined by hand specialist Dr. Donald Sheridan about two and a half weeks after reporting to camp with a sprained tendon in the middle finger on his throwing hand.

The Mariners said Sheridan reported the finger was healing well, but he recommended the splint protecting Iwakuma's injury be left on another three weeks before the righty begins throwing again. That would leave the 32-year-old only about a week before the start of the regular season.

Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said earlier Friday that Iwakuma has kept himself in good baseball condition by doing everything possible, with the exception of throwing a baseball, since he can't grip a ball with his finger in the splint.

... Griffin noted that Iwakuma's splitter -- using a wide grip between his pointer finger and middle digit -- puts more strain on the injured tendon.

Source: MLB.com 2/28/2014

[2/28/2014] Hisashi Iwakuma, Masahiro Tanaka, Norichika Aoki

by on Feb.28, 2014 @ 5:11 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 2/27 PIT 8
NYY 2
RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 
Batted third. F7, G4. Replaced on defense in the 6th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 2/27 TEX 11
KCR 7
RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Batted lead-off. Ks, G6(E)+SB, G4. Replaced on defense in the 6th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yu Darvish TEX 2/27 TEX 11
KCR 7
29-23 8 2.0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
Started the game; topped out at 96mph. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 2/27 PIT 8
NYY 2
  4 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 6th with a runner on first and two out. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BOS 2/27 NEU 2
BOS 5
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 5th. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Matsuzaka ISG 2/27   Pitched two innings in an intra-squad game, beginning in the 3rd. Gave up two runs on a hit in two innings of work. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014
Kyuji Fuijkawa Bullpen 2/27 28 All fastballs; second session. Sanspo 2/28/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014

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Seattle Mariners

The latest on Hisashi Iwakuma, from MLB.com's Greg Johns:

... Iwakuma will see a doctor on Friday to have his finger reexamined after injuring the tendon in the middle digit of his throwing hand when he caught it in a net while doing drills prior to the start of camp. The initial estimate was that the standout right-hander would be out 4-6 weeks and manager Lloyd McClendon is waiting to see where that stands.

"We'll keep our fingers crossed, no pun intended," he said. "It would be great [if he is ahead of schedule], but we'll just wait and see."

Source: MLBlogs 2/27/2014

And from a separate article posted on Sunday by Johns:

Injured Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma did some dry work on a bullpen mound Sunday, going through his throwing motion first without a ball and then using a towel wrapped around his hand.

... Sunday's drills were designed to at least help keep his arm in throwing shape.

Source: MLB.com 2/23/2014

New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka had dinner at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar with a number of reporters from New York on the 26th. GM Brian Cashman also made a surprise appearance. The total cost was under 2,000 US dollars. The reporters paid for the dinner this year. Tanaka will foot the bill next year. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/28/2014, Zak Zak 2/28/2014

[2/27/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Masahiro Tanaka, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Feb.27, 2014 @ 3:42 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Koji Uehara BP 2/26 30 Second outing as batting practice pitcher. Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
Junichi Tazawa BP 2/26 30 Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014
Hiroki Kuroda Bullpen 2/26 36  
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 2/26 29  
Tsuyoshi Wada ISG 2/26   Surrendered three runs over 1.2 innings in an intra-squad game; also gave up solo home runs to Justin Ruggiano and Welington Castillo. Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

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Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 2/26 TOR 4
PHI 3
3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Entered the game on defense in the 5th inning.  Struck out in his only at bat in the 6th.  Game called due to rain after the top of the 7th.  Sanspo 2/27/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2014

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Boston Red Sox

  • Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against the Pirates on March 3. Source: Sanspo 2/27/2014

New York Mets

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka will pitch in an intra-squad game on the 27th. Source: Sponichi 2/27/2014

New York Yankees

[2/25/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka

by on Feb.25, 2014 @ 4:51 pm, under MLB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Norichika Aoki 2/24   Played in intra-squad game; started in right and batted lead-off; went 1-for-2: single to center.  Sanspo 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Kensuke Tanaka 2/24  

Played in intra-squad game; started at second and batted lead-off; went 0-for-4; flied out to left against Yu Darvish.  Sanspo 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014

Name Type Date NP Notes
Hiroki Kuroda BP 2/24 36 18 swings, 7 grounders.  Sanspo 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Masahiro Tanaka BP 2/24 35 Faced Scott Sizemore, Dean Anna, and Zelous Wheeler; 10 swings: 5 swings and misses, 2 fly balls to the outfield, 1 infield grounder, 2 could-be hits; Francisco Cervelli caught the session; second session during spring training.  Daily Sports 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka BP 2/24 44 Faced 6 hitters.  Sanspo 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Koji Uehara BP 2/24 25 Sanspo 2/25/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Junichi Tazawa BP 2/24 25 Sanspo 2/25/2014Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
Yu Darvish ISG 2/24 13 Started intra-squad game; 7 for strikes; did not allow a hit or a run over an inning of work.  ZakZak 2/25/2014

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New York Mets

New York Yankees

  • Hiroki Kuroda is scheduled to toss a bullpen session on the 26th and could pitch in an exhibition game against the Phillies on March 1.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/25/2014
  • Masahiro Tanaka spent some time signing autographs for fans after practices on the 23rd for the first time since the start of spring training.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

Toronto Blue Jays

  • Munenori Kawasaki shaved his hair down the night before workouts on the 24th.  He told reporters it was hot and that the hair cut was refreshing.  Source: Sanspo 2/25/2014

[2/24/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Feb.24, 2014 @ 2:50 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/23 31 Before general workouts; from wind-up and set positions; spoke to coaches for about twenty minutes after the session.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama BP 2/23 23 Faced three hitters; first outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Tomo Ohka BP 2/23 34 Faced four hitters; mixed in some fastballs; second outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe BP 2/23 15 First outing as batting practice pitcher.  Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014
Yu Darvish BP 2/22 34 Face three hitters; mixed pitches; fourteen swings; two hit into play, one could-be hit; threw at about eighty percent; third outing as batting practice pitcher.  Sanspo 2/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014, Sponichi 2/24/2014

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Boston Red Sox

  • Shunsuke Watanabe is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 25th.  He could also pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/24/2014

New York Mets

New York Yankees

Texas Rangers

[2/22/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Feb.22, 2014 @ 2:05 pm, under MLB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Norichika Aoki 2/21 26 Sanspo 2/22/2014
Munenori Kawasaki 2/21 4 Saw 36 pitches.  Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Hiroki Kuroda BP 2/21 25 Faced 4 hitters; allowed one-could-be hit; felt he threw just one good pitch; discussed release points with coaches.  Sponichi 2/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
Masahiro Tanaka BP 2/21 25 Faced 4 hitters (Austin Romine, Ramon Flores, Antoan Richardson, and Adonis Garcia); 4 swings: 1 strike swinging, 2 fouled off, 1 grounded out to second.  Sponichi 2/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 2/21 35 Tossed session before BP outing.  Sponichi 2/21/2014, Sanspo 2/22/2014
Daisuke Matsuzaka Bullpen 2/21 33 Including breaking pitches.  Sanspo 2/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada BP 2/21 35 Was throwing in the low-140km/h range; not particularly satisfied with the session.  Sanspo 2/22/2014, Sponichi 2/22/2014
Tomo Ohka BP 2/21 30 Faced 3 hitters; one strongly hit ball; all knuckleballs.  Sanspo 2/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Yu Darvish worked out indoors on the 21st.  He is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 22nd.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Munenori Kawasaki worked out at short and third during fielding practice on the 21st.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

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Kensuke Tanaka took two types of gloves with him to spring training -- he is prepared to play either the infield or outfield.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/22/2014

[2/18/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Feb.18, 2014 @ 4:26 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Daisuke Matsuzaka Bullpen 2/17 43 Everything except the forkball.  Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/17 29 Including breaking pitches.  Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Yu Darvish spent some time signing autographs after workouts on the 17th.  He is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 18th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

Sanspo has posted a portion of Darvish's interaction with the media on the 16th.

How is the hip you hurt last season feeling?

It took a while.  I felt some discomfort until about mid-January.  But I think it got better after going to Hawaii in February.

Did the warmer weather help?

Yeah.  Japan was cold, so I was worried about heading to spring training straight from there.  But there's nothing in Arizona and I thought Hawaii, with its beaches, might be the better option.

Were you able to relax?

I felt good emotionally, but more than that, I was able to do a lot of running.

Your body seems leaner.

I get that a lot, maybe it's the hair and the facial hair.  But I have definitely gotten leaner, or at least, my fat percentage dropped.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

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Tomo Ohka did not participate in workouts on the 17th because he was getting a physical.  He is expected to join workouts on the 18th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe could pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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General workouts for Masahiro Tanaka on the 16th started at 10:45am and ended at around 12:00pm.  The schedule included playing catch (with Hiroki Kuroda), infield drills, fielding practice, and running (about forty meters, eight times).  He also did some weight training before general workouts.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

Sanspo has posted portions of Tanaka's interaction with the media on the 16th.

How was the running?

It wasn't a long distance, so I managed it.

Hiroki Kuroda helped explained the workouts to you.

Even if the coaches explain it to me, I don't understand a word they say, so that really helped.

Do you know when you will start facing hitters?

We have not spoken about that yet.  I have no idea.

You were joking around with teammates in English. (Referring to the ribbing he received from teammates about his one-mile run on the 15th)

There are some things I can make out, but that was kind of messing around.  I sort of knew what was going on.

There are Japanese fans.

I can more or less tell by how they pronounce my name, like if they were Japanese, but I don't know if they are from Japan.  But it makes me happy if there are people [that come to see me from Japan].

Fielding practice in the bullpen is rare in Japan.

It is the same as taking grounders on the mound.  It really didn't feel any different.

What are your thoughts on fielding?

Doing the things that I can, this kind of thinking applies on defense as well.  If I can record an out, then I want to make sure I can do it.  I feel defense is very important.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

On-the-field general workouts on the 17th lasted about an hour (according to Tokyo Sports, they started at 10:30am and ended around 11:20am).  Tanaka is scheduled to toss his third bullpen on the 18th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014, Tokyo Sports 2/18/2014

Yoshinori Tateyama joined workouts on the 17th as planned.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014