Machado holds his own with big leaguers 

March, 23, 2012

Some notes from spring training games I hit earlier this week.

• Tsuyoshi Wada was the lower-profile of the two major Baltimore Orioles signings from Japan, the other being Taiwanese starter Chen Wei-Yin, who also pitched in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. (We won't even talk about the O's follies in Korea.) Wada's stuff is very light for a starter in the American League East, with no above-average pitch and a repertoire that will require him to go heavy on off-speed and hope to be precise with his command.