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Ichiro ready for another 200-hit season? Matsui sets sights on 30 HRs

by on Jan.21, 2010 @ 4:49 pm, under MLB

Ichiro is currently working out at Skymark Stadium.  On Wednesday, his old batting coach Hiromasa Arai (currently the Orix Buffaloes' Ni-gun manager / batting coach) dropped by to watch him training.  Arai later told reporters that Ichiro looked good and could go for another 200 hit season.

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Hideki Matsui dropped by Komatsu on Wednesday.

When asked about his knees, Matsui said that they were feeling better than last year at this time, but that he has yet to do any sprints at full speed.

Masahiro Sakane, president of the company, jokingly wondered who would reach their goals for 2010 sooner: Matsui with his 30 home runs or Komatsu with their 3,000 hybrid excavators.

Komatsu plans on taking ads out at Angel Stadium.

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Kosuke Fukudome took some soft toss BP for the first time this year on Wednesday at Nagoya Stadium.  He's making some modifications to his stance that includes lowering his center of gravity a bit more.  He's hoping to record his first .300+ batting average this season.

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Junichi Tazawa is taking part in a rookie program with about 10 other rookies (1/11 - 1/22).  Seems the program is about teaching younger players about mental awareness and history.

Each day during the program, a van picks Tazawa up at his homestay families' house at 7:30am and takes him to Fenway.  At the stadium, he eats his breakfast and then attends a player meeting.  After the meeting, he heads off to a domed field with all the rookies to play catch and do various other training routines.  The day isn't quite over as they all head back to Fenway for weight training and yoga.

Veteran players also give lectures to the rookies.  David Ortiz once advised rookies that they should arrive at the park early and do the little things to get noticed, like getting things ready for the vets.