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Around the NPB Horn: Hisashi Iwakuma heads for Guam for training

by on Jan.10, 2010 @ 10:04 pm, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

...Hirokazu Ibata took part in a talk event on Sunday and told about 1,500 fans that aside from winning the Nippon Series, his personal goal for 2010 was to win the batting title.

Hanshin Tigers

...Minoru Iwata opened his training up to reporters on Sunday.  His goal for 2010: 200 innings and 15 wins.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Atsunori Inaba held a baseball clinic for elementary school children on Sunday -- he provided advice on hitting, fielding, and base-running.  About 300 kids showed up.

Inaba just recently started up his training on Saturday.

Rakuten Eagles

...Hisashi Iwakuma left for Guam with his family on Sunday.  He's planning on playing some catch and lifting weights while in Guam.  Iwakuma will be returning to Japan on the 22nd.

Seibu Lions

...Kimiyasu Kudo opened his training up to reporters on Sunday.  Kudo ran sprints, played some catch, and did some strength training exercises during his works out that began in the morning.

Later in the day, he was a surprise guest at a coming-of-age ceremony.

Softbank Hawks

...Toshiya Sugiuchi worked out in front of the media on Sunday.  He told reporters that his aim for 2010 is to increase his velocity and improve the quality of his off-speed pitches.

His training on Sunday included running, playing some catch, and strengthening his trunk muscles.

Yomiuri Giants

...Yoshiyuki Kamei, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Tomoya Inzen, and Daisuke Nakai started their training in Okinawa on Sunday.  Kamei is hoping that he'll be starting in center again in 2010.  Takahashi took 100 swings during soft toss BP.  Nakai skipped out on his coming-of-age ceremony in order to train with Kamei and Takahashi in Okinawa.

...Michihiro Ogaswara dropped by the Kawasaki training grounds for the first time this year and worked out in front of the media.  He did some running and played some catch.  Ogasawara was also seen helping out Kazunari Sanematsu and Daijiro Tanaka.

Ogasawara is 168 hits away from 2,000 for his career.

...Kentaro Nishimura, Shota Kimura, and Takanobu Tsujiuchi returned from the US on Sunday.  The three had been in the US training in Arizona.