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Seibu Lions: 5,200 fans show up on Saturday

by on Feb.07, 2010 @ 8:12 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/8/2010 1:50am JST

...Toshihiro Iwao threw about 70 pitches (including his curve and slider) during his bullpen session on Sunday.

...Hideaki Wakui suggested to Yusei Kikuchi that he try slowing down his delivery to get more of his body into it.

=== 8:06pm JST

...Team owner Takashi Goto dropped by camp on Sunday to watch the team practice.  He appeared satisfied with what he saw.

...During pick-off throw practice on Saturday, Yusei Kikuchi was warned that his move to first base could be considered a balk.  After general pick-off throw practice ended, Kikuchi was left on the mound to work out the problem.  Hisanobu Watanabe and pitching coach Takehiro Hashimoto later checked in to see how he was doing.

As for what he was doing wrong: it seems he was stepping toward home plate too much.

On Sunday, Kikuchi threw 68 pitches to a squatting catcher during his bullpen session.  He pitched in between Takayuki Kishi and Hideaki Wakui in the bullpen.

...As mentioned yesterday, Takeya Nakamura stayed back after general practice on Saturday to work on his swing and took 137 swings during BP and hit 10 over the fence.  He was apparently only using about 50-60% of his power.

=== 2/7/2010 8:12am JST

...Sponichi is reporting that Yusei Kikuchi threw 112 pitches with the catcher squatting on Saturday, in addition to 47 pitches with the catcher standing, for a grand total of 159 pitches.  The article also mentions that Kikuchi only threw fastballs.

...The skin on Kikuchi's hand appears to be pealing (from the index finger to the thumb).  But it doesn't appear to be connected to his pitching so Kikuchi isn't concerned.

...43,940 5,200 fans showed up at Lions' camp on Saturday for a chance to see Kikuchi.  The parking lot with 200 available spaces was full the entire day.  In order to cope with the large numbers, the village of Nango ran a shuttle bus between the public hall and the stadium. They also ran special buses between JR Nango station to the stadium.