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[3/13/2014] Hiroki Kuroda, Yoshinori Tateyama, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on Mar.13, 2014 @ 4:12 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/12 DET 7
NYY 7
LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .167
Batted lead-off. G6, G4, Ks. Replaced on defense in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/12 TBR 5
TOR 4
3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273
Entered the game on defense at third in the top of the 7th. G4. Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Sponichi 3/13/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/12 ANA 12
TEX 1
2B 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .231
Entered the game on defense at second base in the top of the 7th. Ks. Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Sponichi 3/13/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hiroki Kuroda NYY 3/12 DET 7
NYY 7
  20 3.2 10 6 6 0 1 0 6.48
Started the game. Left the game in the top of the 4th with runners on first and second, two out, and New York down 6-1. Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Sponichi 3/13/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 3/12 DET 7
NYY 7
  4 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the top of the top of the 10th with the score tied at seven. Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/13/2014, Sponichi 3/13/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 3/12 CHC 7
SEA 8
33-19 9 1.2 2 3 3 2 3 0 7.36
Entered the game in the bottom 8th with Chicago up 7-4. Retired the side in order in the 8th. Left the game with Chicago up 7-5 and the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 9th. Two of the runners he put on base came around to score after his departure. Sponichi 3/13/2014

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[3/10/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Kensuke Tanaka, Koji Uehara

by on Mar.10, 2014 @ 6:27 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/9 TBR 3
NYY 3
DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .200
Batted eighth. F8, 1B9, G6. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th. Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Sponichi 3/10/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/9 TOR 3
HOU 4
2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300
Entered the game on defense at second in the 8th. Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/9 TEX 8
SEA 9
2B 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 .273
Batted seventh. Kl, 1B7 one RBI, Fo9. Replaced by a pinch-hitter in the top of the 7th. Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Sponichi 3/10/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Hiroki Kuroda Bullpen 3/9 36 Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014
Koji Uehara Bullpen 3/9 50 Threw mostly fastballs and splitters during the first-half of the session; checked on grip and arm motion on cutter for the last fifteen or so pitches. Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Tokyo Sports 3/10/2014
Junichi Tazawa Bullpen 3/9 32 Nikkan Sports 3/10/2014, Tokyo Sports 3/10/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Simulated Game 3/8 15 Faced six hitters, gave up two hits, struck out two. Daily Sports 3/10/2014

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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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[3/6/2014] Masahiro Tanaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Mar.06, 2014 @ 6:14 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/5 NYY 4
TBR 5
CF 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 .200
Batted third. 1B9 (R), G5, L3 (DP). Replaced on defense in the 6th. Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/5 PIT 6
TOR 4
3B-2B-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286
Entered the game in the 6th on defense at third. He moved over to second in the 7th and left in the 9th. G6. Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 3/5 COL 8
TEX 2
DH 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 .167
Batted sixth. G3, Ks, BB (R), Ks. Daily Sports 3/6/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014, Sponichi 3/6/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 3/5 NYY 4
TBR 5
  7 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 6th with New York down 5-4. Nikkan Sports 3/6/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 3/5 25 Sponichi 3/6/2014, Sanspo 3/6/2014

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[3/4/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Masahiro Tanaka, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Mar.04, 2014 @ 4:28 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 3/3 WSN 2
NYY 4
RF 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .143
Batted seventh. E6 RBI (R), F7, BB. Replaced on defense in the 7th. May have taken an HBP during his third at bat, but the home plate umpire did not make the call. The catcher was apparently laughing, according to Ichiro. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/3 KCR 7
CWS 9
RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .182
Batted lead-off. G5, G3, F8. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 5th. Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 3/3 TOR 2
MIN 12
SS-LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Entered the game on defense at short in the bottom of the 5th. Moved from short to left in the bottom of the 7th. F8. Committed a throwing error in the bottom of the 6th (the expanded replay system was used on the play, original call was Kawasaki's throw pulled the first baseman off the bag, play stood after review). Played the outfield for the first time in his MLB career. Daily Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Sponichi 3/4/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 3/3 WSN 2
NYY 4
  5 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the 8th with New York up 4-2. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014, Daily Sports 3/4/2014
Koji Uehara BOS 3/3 BOS 6
PIT 7
  3 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 4th with Boston down 6-1. Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Junichi Tazawa BOS 3/3 BOS 6
PIT 7
  4 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 5th with Boston down 6-1. Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Tsuyoshi Wada CHC 3/3       2.0 2 2 2   2 1  
Practice game against Giants. Entered the game in the 7th with Chicago up by four runs. Gave up a two out, two-run home run to Roger Kieschnick in the 7th. He retired the side in order in the 8th. Topped out at 92mph. Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014

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Name Type Date NP Notes
Masahiro Tanaka Bullpen 3/3 31 Sponichi 3/4/2014, Nikkan Sports 3/4/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa Bullpen 3/3 29 All fastballs, third session. Sponichi 3/4/2014

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[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

[2/26/2014] Yu Darvish, Masahiro Tanaka, Kensuke Tanaka

by on Feb.26, 2014 @ 7:39 pm, under MLB
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Name Date Swings Notes
Norichika Aoki 2/25   Played in an intra-squad game; started in right and batted lead-off; went 0-for-1 (ground out to pitcher, former Hawk Brad Penny).  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Munenori Kawasaki 2/25   Played in an intra-squad game; was a designated hitter and batted eleventh; went 1-for-1 (single to left in the 3rd); moved to left in the 4th.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Yoshinori Tateyama BP 2/25 17 Faced 4 hitters; allowed one could-be hit.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014
Tomo Ohka ISG 2/25   Pitched in an intra-squad game; tossed one inning and retired the side in order (F7, G5, F9).  Sponichi 2/26/2014
Kyuji Fujikawa Bullpen 2/24   Threw 20-25 pitches; first session since he had Tommy John surgery last June.  Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014, MLB.com 2/25/2014

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Boston Red Sox

Shunsuke Watanabe is scheduled to pitch in a practice game against a college team on the 27th.  He tossed batting practice to minor league hitters on the 25th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

Chicago Cubs

Tsuyoshi Wada will pitch in an intra-squad game on the 26th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

New York Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka will make his spring training debut on March 1.  From Newsday's Erik Boland:

Masahiro Tanaka's spring training debut will come the same day as CC Sabathia's and Hiroki Kuroda's.

... Joe Girardi disclosed after Tuesday's 8-3 victory over Florida State in the Yankees' exhibition opener that the trio would all pitch Saturday afternoon against the Phillies at Steinbrenner Field.

Sabathia will start the game, followed by Kuroda and Tanaka, whose every move this spring has been extensively chronicled by the Japanese and American media.

... Each pitcher will be limited to two innings or 35 pitches, whichever comes first.

Source: Newsday 2/25/2014

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The Yankees played pool after after workouts on the 24th.  Tanaka was paired up with Francisco Cervelli.

Source: Sanspo 2/26/2014

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Yoshinori Tateyama is slated to pitch in an exhibition game against the Tigers on the 28th.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

Texas Rangers

Ron Washington officially told Yu Darvish on the 25th that he was going to be the opening day starter.  From the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant:

This isn’t exactly breaking news, but Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington officially informed Yu Darvish he’d be the club’s opening day starter against Philadelphia on March 31.

... “He doesn’t show much excitement ever,” Washington said. “So when he shrugged his shoulders a little, I took that for excitement. I wanted to get it out of the way early so he could just prepare. The message that goes along with it is that he’s our horse.”

Source: Dallas Morning News 2/25/2014

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Kensuke Tanaka did not show up on the field for practices on the 25th because he was getting treatment for some tightness in his lower back.  He told reporters he felt some discomfort in the area during practices on the 24th.  He is considered day-to-day.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/26/2014

[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

[2/20/2014] Shunsuke Watanabe, Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui

by on Feb.20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm, under MLB
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Name Type Date NP Notes
Tsuyoshi Wada Bullpen 2/19 30 Third session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Tomo Ohka Bullpen 2/19 35 First session; mostly knuckleballs.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama Bullpen 2/19 40 First session.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014
Shunsuke Watanabe Bullpen 2/19 38 Including breaking pitch; using minor league baseball.  Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

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Shunsuke Watanabe met former teammate Julio Zuleta and posted some thoughts on his blog.  He mentions that Zuleta is interested in returning to Japan.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Ichiro Suzuki told the Associated Press he did not get frustrated with the news of the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.  His reaction, was "oops."  Asked about reaching 3,000 hits, he said it was not a goal he was thinking about right now, but might should he ever get closer to it.  He added that he was taking things one year at a time.

Source: Associated Press 2/19/2014 (Washington Post)

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo will be celebrating Ichiro's 4,000th NPB+MLB hit with a special exhibition that will open on February 22 and run for about year.  Various memorabilia, including uniforms from the three organizations he has played for (Orix, Seattle, New York), will be put on display.

Source: official announcement

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Masahiro Tanaka could toss some batting practice on the 21st.

Source: Daily Sports 2/20/2014

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Funai Electric extended their partnership agreement with the Boston Red Sox.

Source: Press Release 2/19/2014 (Funai)

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The New York Daily News' Christian Red has written a piece on Hideki Matsui.

“The timing of when I retired and when (my son) was born was pretty much the same time. It was a big turning point in my life,” Matsui says. “My life is so drastically different, to where (my son) almost makes you forget about baseball, or that I was even playing baseball. It’s been great. I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family and my son. It’s been a wonderful experience so far. I feel I’m very lucky to spend this much time with my family.”

Source: New York Daily News 2/18/2014 via Nikkan Sports 2/20/2014

Matsui flew from his home in New York to Tampa on the 19th.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/20/2014

[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