Uehara impressive (updated)
Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara gave up just two hits over three innings of work, and you could make the case that the two ground balls that got through the infield both should have been fielded.
He threw 36 pitches, 23 for strikes, his command getting shaky momentarily when he bounced a curveball to Willy Taveras and then hit Taveras on the shoulder with a wild breaking ball on the next pitch. Otherwise, his latest appearance was a big success against the most formidable lineup he likely will face this spring.
Still, he wasn't satisfied.
"My control was worse than the last outing,'' he said.
He said through his interpreter that he was not particularly concerned about facing a star-studded Dominican lineup. He was concentrating on his own performance. But he acknowledged that it was good to perform well against a batting order that included David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada and Hanley Ramirez.
"I understand there are a lot of big names,'' he said. "To get that kind of result...I was happy."