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Iguchi 1-for-3 in spring exhibition game

Kyodo

Chicago White Sox second baseman Tadahito Iguchi went 1-for-3 with a double in a 10-9 loss to the Texas Rangers in a preseason game Friday.

News photoKenji Jojima of the Seattle Mariners hits a fly ball to left during a
preseason game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria, Ariz.

Iguchi batted seventh in the lineup and doubled down the right-field line in the seventh for his first hit in three games after grounding out to shortstop in his previous two at-bats.

“After the groundouts, I thought the problem in my batting was a contact point and I did it right in my third at-bat,” Iguchi said. “The regular season is just around the corner and I just want to move into high gear.”

At Peoria, Arizona, rookie Kenji Jojima flied out to left in his only at-bat in the Seattle Mariners’ 9-7 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Jojima was scratched from the lineup and came on in the sixth to replace starting catcher Rene Rivera after asking manager Mike Hargrove before the game for more opportunities to work with relief pitchers in game situations.

“Unlike starters, relievers can get a win or loss with just one pitch. I just want to help them select pitches that we both won’t regret, and in that sense, it’s precious time for me to work on things with them here in spring training,” Jojima aid.

At Jupiter, Florida, Hideki Matsui went 0-for-3 a day after hitting his first preseason homer while So Taguchi singled to center in his only at-bat as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Yankees 5-2.

Elsewhere, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Tomokazu Ohka surrendered seven runs and 11 hits in four innings of an 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Non-roster spring training invitee Keiichi Yabu gave up four runs and four hits in one inning as the Colorado Rockies lost 12-9 to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both Ohka and Yabu took the losses.

Hideo Nomo, who has signed a minor league deal with the Chicago White Sox, pitched two scoreless innings giving up a hit in a minor league exhibition game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He struck out three and issued two walks.