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Chiba Lotte Marines: Imaoka wears the number 2 to practice for the first time on Saturday

by on Feb.07, 2010 @ 9:43 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 8:48pm JST

...Acting owner Akio Shigemitsu took part in early morning exercises (start time 7:30am) on Sunday.

...It seems Yasutaka Hattori actually threw 80 pitches to four batters and gave up 12 could-be hits on Saturday.  The four batters: Tadahito Iguchi, Saburo, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Tae-Gyun Kim.

=== 2/7/2010 9:43am JST

...Makoto Imaoka wore the number 2 to practice for the first time on Saturday.  He took 35 swings during BP and managed 15 could-be hits.

...Toshiaki Imae is making a number of changes (he's hold his bat more horizontally, isn't cocking the bat as much, is imaging his swing as going from inside out, and is placing most of his weight on his back foot) to his batting stance in the hopes of improving upon his .247 batting average from last season.  He also has a slightly shorter bat as well (34 inches > 33.5 inches).

On Saturday he took 38 swings during BP and collected 15 could-be hits.