TUSCON, Ariz. – Tadahito Iguchi went 3-for-4 and contributed with two RBIs as the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 12-8 in a preseason game on Monday.
Iguchi had his first three-hit game and extended his hitting streak to six games. Teammate Shingo Takatsu took over in the ninth inning with a five-run lead and allowed one run.
“I’ve stopped swinging at balls out of the zone,” said Iguchi, who improved his average to .327 in spring training.
Meanwhile, in Jupiter, Fla., New York Mets infielder Kazuo Matsui got his first hit in three games and drove in three runs in a 13-10 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The second baseman, who had been suffering from a strained back, had a two-run single in the sixth and was 1-for-4.
“I hit it on the sweet part of the bat and the ball flew in the right direction,” said Matsui, who got his first hit in 12 at-bats. “It was my first hit in a while, so it was pretty good,” he added.
Cardinals outfielder So Taguchi came on as a pinch-runner in the sixth and went hitless in two at-bats.
In Dunedin, Fla., New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui was held hitless for a second straight game in an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Matsui went 0-for-3.
In Vero Beach, Fla., Norihiro Nakamura took over at third base in the eighth inning but did not bat in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.