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Chunichi Dragons: Doala visits Okinawa to sign autographs

by on Feb.06, 2010 @ 5:32 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:09pm JST

...Junki Ito threw during a simulated game on Saturday and faced 12 batters while giving up 4 could be hits.  He also managed to strike Tony Blanco out looking.  After his outing he tossed 60 pitches in a bullpen session.

...Tony Blanco is about 5kg overweight.  He told reporters that he plans on doing lots of running and weight training until the exhibition games begins.

...Masahiro Araki wants as much playing time at short as possible.  That includes the possibility of being a "designated shortstop" during the upcoming practice games.

...The Dragons are donating 700,000 yen to Haiti via the Japan Red Cross.

=== 2/6/2010 5:32pm JST

...Doala dropped by Okinawa on Saturday and spent some time signing autographs.  About 1,500 fans showed up to the Dragons' training grounds despite the bad weather.  Doala-effect?

...Nikkan Sports has posted an article regarding Edward Valdez's cutter and how it tends to break a lot of batsKei Nomoto and Yusuke Matsui (they both faced him during BP on Friday) managed only 4 could-be hits against Valdez (43 pitches, 23 swings).