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[4/24/2014] Koji Uehara, Norichika Aoki, Daisuke Matsuzaka

by on Apr.24, 2014 @ 8:30 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 4/23 KCR 3
CLE 5
RF 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .267
Batted lead-off. G6, Kl, 1B7, G5f, G4. Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 4/23 BUF 0
SWB 5
SS 3 0 0 0 0 0   .206
Batted ninth. G3, G1f-PO, G4. Committed a throwing error in the bottom of the 1st. Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 4/23 STL 2
NYM 3
4-3 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.08
Entered the game in the top of the 7th with a runner on second, two out, and New York up 3-1. Recorded a hold (H, 1). Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014, Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 4/23 NYY 1
BOS 5
14-12 4 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 5-1. Nikkan Sports 4/24/2014, Sponichi 4/24/2014

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Tomokazu Ohka lands in the Bay with a 2-year deal

by on Apr.07, 2010 @ 7:04 am, under NPB
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=== 5:27pm JST

The Bay Stars held a news conference on Thursday.  Ohka signed a 2-year deal worth 100M yen (club option for a third year).  He will be wearing the number 44.

=== 3:59pm JST

It seems Ohka will get a multi-year deal with a guaranteed first year and a club option for the second year on.  Early reports also indicate that the contract with be worth 30M yen plus incentives (total upwards of 100M yen) during the first year.

=== 4/8/2010 12:11am JST

It seems the Bay Stars will be holding a press conference on Thursday for Ohka.

=== 4/7/2010 7:04am JST

It appears as though Tomokazu Ohka will be returning to the NPB via his former team, the Yokohama Bay Stars.  According to Sanspo, the two sides have already come to basic terms and that the final agreement will likely be a multi-year deal.  There could be an announcement of a deal as early as Wednesday (4/7).

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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Matsui, Kenshin Kawakami

by on Mar.18, 2010 @ 1:26 pm, under MLB
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Hideki Okajima tossed an inning in relief against the New York Mets on the 17th.  He faced four batters and gave up one hit and struck out two.  Okajima told reporters after the game that while he was happy with his change, he still needed to work on his fastball.

Daisuke Matsuzaka tossed his first BP of the Spring on the 17th.  Facing AAA batters, he threw 40 pitches (curve, slider, cutter, change, shuto) and allowed 3 could-be hits.  Nikkan Sports also mentions he tossed an additional 12 pitches without a net in front of him.  Matsuzaka could get a minor league start as early as the 21st (2 innings or so).  But that would also likely require a bullpen on the 19th.

The Red Sox have the day off on the 18th.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Washington Nationals on the 17th.  He walked in all three trips to the plate and was removed in the 5th on defense.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted second against the Detroit Tigers on the 17th.  He went 0-for-3: fly out to left, strike out, fly out to left.  Iwamura was taken out in the 7th on defense.

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Hideki Matsui was the starting DH and batted fourth against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the 17th.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to second, ground out to short, GIDP.  After the game, Matsui told reporters that he was making solid contact and felt pretty good about his at bats.  Matsui is now 2-for-18 during exhibition play.

Nikkan Sports seems to think the clean-up spot is his, but Sponichi says that says that the remaining 15 or so at bats he has could be big because Kendry Morales is still a possible candidate.

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Kenshin Kawakami did not hold a bullpen session on the 17th.  He instead played catch with Takashi Saito and had him squat down.  Kawakami usually tosses a bullpen session two days before a start, but decided he wanted to carry the feeling he had from his last outing into his next outing.  He also said that he'd be questioned by the coaches if he pulled the same stunt in Japan.

On the 16th, Billy Wagner apparently spotted something in Saito's mechanics when throwing an off-speed pitch.

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Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi kept his workouts light on the 17th.  On the team's day off on the 16th, Takahashi went out shopping to take a break away from baseball.  He told reporters that with nothing to lose, he simply plans on giving it his best.

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Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the Texas Rangers on the 17th. He went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base: walk and stolen base, RBI single, ground out to short, fly out to right.

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It appears as though Tomokazu Ohka will focus his initial efforts on trying to find a new team in the Mexican League.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tomokazu Ohka, Kosuke Fukudome

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 1:38 pm, under MLB
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Takashi Saito tossed a shutout inning against the Florida Marlins on the 16th.  He also picked off a runner at first, gave up a hit, and struck out one.  Saito told reporters after the game that he was starting to get a better feel for his slider (he's trying to give it a sharp break).  His next outing will likely come against the Detroit Tigers on the 19th.

It seems Kenshin Kawakami's new delivery isn't very curve and cutter friendly.  While his two-seamer has better movement on it, he's having a much harder time controlling the curve and cutter.

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Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless inning in relief against the Minnesota Twins on the 16th.  He allowed a hit and struck out one.  Uehara has not given up a run in his last 5 consecutive outings.  The Orioles have been slowly decreasing the number of days in between each appearance and it was Uehara's first game on 1 day of rest.  His next outing will also likely come with 1 day of rest.

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Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Texas Rangers on the 16th.  He went 1-for-3: strike out, double into left, grounder to short.  Fukudome was replaced in the 7th on defense.  Prior to the game, Fukudome spent some time (about 30 minutes) working with Kyosuke Sasaki, for the second straight day, on finalizing his new batting stance.

The Cubs have the day off on the 17th.

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Kazuo Matsui started at second and batted second against the Boston Red Sox.  He went 1-for-3: ground out to short, ground out to third, bunt hit toward third.  Matsui we taken out of the game in the 7th on defense.  After the game, Matsui spent about 20 minutes running.

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Ichiro Suzuki took 61 swings during BP on the 15th and hit 20 over the fence.

Ichiro also apparently purchased three more humidifiers (at a cost of 100,000 yen a pop) for his house in Arizona.  That on top of the two he purchase last year -- one for the living room and one for the bed room.  He's trying to keep the humidity at about 50%.

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Joe Torre called out to Hideki Matsui as Matsui stepped in the batter's box during his first at bat on the 15th.  Matsui looked over to the Dodger's dugout and saw Torre tipping his cap.  Matsui returned the gesture by touch the brim of his batting helmet.

Matsui didn't play in the Angels' exhibition game on the 16th and instead took fielding practice in the outfield and some BP.

The Angels are also going to try and break the Cleveland Cavaliers' record for the largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets when they take on the Minnesota Twins on 4/6.  The Angels will be handing out red fleece number 55 blankets to every fan that attends the game.  The Cavaliers record currently stands at 17,758.  Angels Stadium holds 40,000+.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka stayed back after the pitcher's general practice and played catch with one of the coaches for about 15 minutes (throwing slightly harder).  Seems his neck continues to feel better each day.  Matsuzaka told reporters that he worked on airing out his arm in preparation for throwing BP on the 17th.

Junichi Tazawa gave up 3 runs in an inning of relief against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 16th.  Two of the runs came on a 2-run homer.  Tazawa faced a total seven batters and gave up hits to four of them.

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Tomokazu Ohka was released by the Mexican League Quintana Roo Tigers on the 16th.  The Mexican League has a rule that place a 6-player limit on foreigners.  When the team initially signed Ohka on the 9th, they were under the limit.  But shortly after, they apparently signed a former Oakland Athletic and decided to go with him over Ohka.

Ohka had already appeared in two exhibition games for the Quintana Roo Tigers at the time of his release.

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Toshihisa Nishi signs with the Lancaster Barnstormers and more

by on Mar.12, 2010 @ 2:40 pm, under MLB
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In preparation for his outing on the 12th, Hisanori Takahashi played some catch after general practice on Thursday.  He was originally set to pitch on the 11th, but the outing was pushed back a day.  Takahashi told reporters that he was glad he had an extra day of rest.

Ryota Igarashi tossed an inning of relief against the Boston Red Sox on the 11th.  He faced 6 batters, gave up 3 hits (all doubles), struck out 1, and allowed 2 runs (both earned).  Igarashi apparently had a tough time keeping his fork and slider down low in the zone.

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Junichi Tazawa did not give up any runs in his two innings of work against the New York Mets on the 11th.  He faced 7 batters, did not give up any hits, walked 1, and struck out 2.  He retired the side in order in the 8th and then walked the first batter he faced in the 9th before retiring three straight to end the game.

Daisuke Matsuzaka was in the middle of playing catch on the 11th when he suddenly stopped.  There was some concern that it might be another injury, but it turns out the hot cream he put on his right shoulder was too strong and was irritating his skin.  After taking a shower to wash the cream off, the shoulder was feeling fine again.  After general practice he returned to the field and played some catch with his interpreter.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted lead-off against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 11th.  He went 0-for-3: strike out, GIDP, ground out to pitcher.  Hew as lifted in the 5th on defense.

He told reporters he was happy to meet up with some of his former teammates -- he spent some time chatting with Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton prior to the game.

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Kei Igawa was set to pitch on the 11th, but the game was canceled due to rain.  His next outing will likely come on or after the 13th (he won't be traveling with the team on the 12th).

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Hideki Matsui spent about 30 minutes in the cages on the 11th.  On speaking to reporters about playing in the outfield, Matsui said that he wasn't even thinking about an opening day start in the field.

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Hiroki Kuroda threw 36 pitches in the bullpen on the 11th in preparation for his outing against the Texas Rangers on the 14th.  He also spent some time hanging out with Timo Perez, a player that spent a few years with the Hiroshima Carp in the late 90s.  Incidentally, Perez signed with the Carp through their academy in the Dominican Republic.

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Kenshin Kawakami spent about an hour lifting weight prior to general practice on the 11th.  He told reporters that he practices were much shorter in the US and that he isn't given enough things to do.

Takashi Saito told reporters that he plans on placing more focus on running and weight training for his current workouts at Spring training.  He will likely get to pitch again on the 16th.

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Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the San Francisco Giants on the 11th.  He went 1-for-4 with a stolen base: double then stole third base,  ground out to pitcher, line out to second, fly out to left.  He was replaced on defense in the 5th.

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Koji Uehara tossed a shutout inning in relief against the Minnesota Twins on the 11th.  He faced the minimum three batters and struck out two.  For his third outing during Spring training, Uehara focused in on his fork.

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Seems Toshihisa Nishi signed a contract with the Lancaster Barnstormers (IND, Atlantic League).  Nishi returned to Japan on the 10th and will be returning to the States for Spring camp with Lancaster in early April.  Nishi is hoping to catch the eye of an MLB scout.

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Tomokazu Ohka arrived in Cancun on the 6th.  The Mexican League regular season begins on the 17th.  Ohka told reporters that conditions weren't very good and that he was feeling a little stressed.  He also added that he's fully committed to doing his best, regardless of where he might be playing baseball.

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Ryota Igarashi, Hideki Okajima, Tomokazu Ohka

by on Mar.09, 2010 @ 2:07 pm, under MLB
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Ryota Igarashi tossed an inning in relief against the Florida Marlins on the 8th.  He gave up a run on 2 hits and struck out 1.  Seems he also had a hard time getting on the same page with the catcher: with a runner on first and two out, Igarashi wanted to throw a fork to the batter but decided not to shake the catcher off fearing that it would tip the batter off; end result: a fastball on the outside portion of the plate that was hit for a triple.

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Koji Uehara pitch an inning in relief against the Minnesota Twins on the 8th.  He also gave up a hit, struck out one, and needed only 11 pitches to get through the inning.

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Hideki Okajima retired the side in order during his one inning of work against the St. Louis Cardinals on the 8th.  He also struck out two of the batters he faced.  Okajima's new change also appears to be working well.  According to him, it looks like it's coming straight in, but drops outside.

Depending on how he's feeling after throwing two BPs, Daisuke Matsuzaka's first game could either be on the 18th in the minors or on the 19th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Akinori Iwamura started at second and batted second against the New York Yankees on the 8th.  He went 0-for-2 (fly out to right, ground out to short) before being taken out in the 6th on defense.  Iwamura also made his second error of the Spring.

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Kosuke Fukudome started in right and batted second against the Oakland Athletics on the 8th.  He went 1-for-2 (fly out to short, double to right, walk) with a walk and was removed in the 5th on defense.  In three exhibition games, Fukudome is now 4-for-8 with 2 RBIs.

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Ichiro Suzuki started in right and batted lead-off against the Chicago White Sox on the 8th.  He went 0-for-3 (strike out, ground out to first, walk, fly out to left) with a walk.  He was removed in the 7th on defense.

Ichiro was also one of the judges for the American Idol competition that was held in the clubhouse.  He told reporters he was glad he was only a judge because otherwise, he would have spent more time working on a routine instead of practicing.

He's also sporting new cleats from ASICS.

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Hideki Matsui stayed back after practice on the 8th in order to work on his hitting.

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Hiroki Kuroda told reporters he plans on trying out a couple of things during his next start, like where he positions his glove when he pitches from the stretch and trying out his new change.

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Tomokazu Ohka appears to have agreed on a contract with the Mexican League Quintana Roo Tigers.  Ohka should be signing with them officially within the next few days.

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So Taguchi and Ryota Igarashi News and Notes

by on Dec.07, 2009 @ 12:02 pm, under MLB
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It appears as though there are a number of teams interested in So Taguchi and Tomokazu Ohka.  At least according to their agents, Alan Nero.

Said Nero about Taguchi, "We'll meet with a number of teams during the Winter Meetings and we'll decide put together a list of things Taguchi is looking for sometime this week.  We should have some sort of a decision by the end of the week."

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Ryota Igarashi is apparently interested in trying to hit 100mph on the radar gun.  And part of what might allow that ambition to come to fruition might have to do with the harder mounds.

"I love it.  There's nothing wrong with hard mounds, and I think it'll help my delivery.  All the necessary elements for throwing hard are present," said Igarashi.

The harder mounds will apparently provide Igarashi with more stability on his landing foot, allowing him to generate more arm velocity.

Igarashi also said that he'd like to try and pick up a two-seamer to complement his pitches.