Monday, March 26, 2012


The HBWHOF has a Japanese theme this week.
On Sunday, the Seattle Mariners lost 5-1 to the Hanshin Tigers in an exhibition game at the Tokyo Dome.
A crowd of 42,139 were on hand to applaud everything Ichiro.
Ichiro Suzuki went 1 for 4 with a single in the first inning.

The Oakland Athletics beat the Yomiuri Giants 5-0 in their exhibition game.
Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and Tommy Milone pitched five scoreless innings to help the A's win.

The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics play each other on Wednesday and Thursday to open the MLB season.

In other Japanese-related news, Texas Rangers' rookie hurler Yu Darvish pitched 5 innings in an intrasquad game. He struck out 11 batters and allowed 6 hits and 4 runs.
Darvish went 18-6 with a 1.44 ERA last year for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan's Pacific League.
In January the Rangers signed Darvish to a 6-year, $60 million dollar contract.

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