PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Japanese infielder Norihiro Nakamura doubled in his first at-bat of the preseason on Saturday after joining the Los Angeles Dodgers’ spring training camp after a one-week delay.
Nakamura, who was signed to a minor-league contract after leaving the Kintetsu Buffaloes, batted seventh in the lineup and hit a ground-rule double to left off New York Mets starter Steve Trachsel with two out and a runner on first in the second inning.
He grounded out to shortstop and struck out swinging in his other at-bats while showing some solid fielding at third base.
“It’s a relief and I’ll continue to try to show what I did in my career in Japan,” Nakamura said of his first hit for the Dodgers.
Nakamura arrived in Florida on Tuesday after a visa delay kept him out of the first week of the Dodgers’ camp in Vero Beach, Fla.
Mets second baseman Kazuo Matsui went 0-for-2. The Mets beat the Dodgers 6-4.
At Tucson, Ariz., Chicago White Sox rookie Tadahito Iguchi went 1-for-3 with a single to left, a day after producing his first preseason hit, in a 10-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
At Peoria, Ariz., Ichiro Suzuki singled and had a stolen base on a 1-for-3 day as the Seattle Mariners fell 5-2 to the San Diego Padres.
Elsewhere, Denney Tomori allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in the Boston Red Sox’s 12-7 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Fla. St. Louis Cardinals outfielder So Taguchi was 1-for-4 in a 3-0 victory over the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, Fla.
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