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Around the NPB Horn: Darvish throws his third bullpen session

by on Jan.25, 2010 @ 2:28 am, under NPB

Hiroshima Carp

...Joint mini camp in Okinawa begins on Monday.  The team will shift into Spring camp from there.

Nippon Ham Fighters

...Yu Darvish closed out his training at Miyazaki on Sunday.

Darvish held his third bullpen session of the year on Sunday and tossed 35 pitches while mixing in some off-speed stuff.  He later told reporters that he's ready for Spring camp and hopes to throw a bullpen session on the first day.

Darvish had been working out with Romash Tasuku Dass, and Seibu Lions Ryoma Nogami, and Yasuhiro Tanaka.

Yokohama Bay Stars

...Daisuke Miura made an appearance at a shopping mall to sign autographs.  During the event, a fan asked him if he planned on keeping his regent (pompadour) hair style into old age.  He replied by saying that he would keep the style going so long as he didn't go bald.

About 100 fans showed up for the event.

Yomiuri Giants

...Alex Ramirez returned to Japan on Sunday.  He told reporters that his private training has been going well and that he's feeling great.  He's also prepared to play some first base, if needed.