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Around the NPB Horn: Darvish works out with Kanemoto

by on Jan.09, 2010 @ 8:28 am, under NPB

Chiba Lotte Marines

...Tae-Gyun Kim gained about 8kg during the off-season and currently ways 110kg.  He's hoping to lost at least 5kg by Spring camp.  He has also decided to give up three things in order to succeed in 2010: 1) his earrings, 2) eating at night, and 3) a girlfriend.

Kim is a candidate for the clean-up spot.

Hanshin Tigers

...Yu Darvish joined Tomoaki Kanemoto at a gym in Hiroshima on Friday.  Darvish apparently put in a request to work out with Kanemoto.  The two worked out for about 2-4 hours.  And while Darvish originally went with the intention of just watching Kanemoto's work out, he ended up actually taking part in it.

The media was banned from the premises.

Both Darvish and Kanemoto belong to the same management company: Avex.

...Keisuke Kano is a catcher by trade.  But, if he's asked to move to the outfield, he'll be more than happy to give it a whirl.

...Kyuji Fujikawa officially signed a contract with Yonex for their new Muscle Power STB training wear.

...Pro beach volleyball player Takemi Nishibori will be joining Kenji Johjima in Sasebo, starting from the 9th, for training.  Nishibori joins a growing list of female athletes that have trained with Johjima this off-season: Satoko Urata (pro beach volleyball), Sachio Yamada (lacrosse), and Ai Origake (pro golfer).

...Yasutomo Kubo is working on brushing up his fastball.  He's hoping to get his win totals into the double-digits in 2010.

Hiroshima Carp

...Ken Takahashi is hoping to become the first Carp to record double-digit wins in his 40s.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yoshio Itoi worked out on Friday and then told reporters that he hopes to play in all 144 games this season and would like to steal at least 30 bases.

Orix Buffaloes

...Takahiro Okada is a huge Hideki Matsui fan and on Friday, he managed to score his signature from Shogo Yamamoto.  Yamamoto and Matsui attended the same high school: Seiryo High School.

Seibu Lions

...Hiroyuki Nakajima hopes to keep playing until he's 50.