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Yomiuri Giants: Team to take things slow with Yamaguchi

by on Feb.07, 2010 @ 8:37 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/8/2010 1:59am JST

...Hayato Sakamoto took 14 swings during BP against Takahiko Nomaguchi on Sunday and recorded 3 could-be hits, including one that likely would have gone for a double.  Sakamoto stayed back after general practice to continue working on his swing.

=== 8:11pm JST

...Wirfin Obipso sprained his left ankle during practice on Sunday.  He's currently listed as day-to-day.

...Kyohei Tsuchimoto threw 52 pitches during BP on Sunday and faced Ken Kato and Ryota Wakiya.  He gave up 3 could-be hits.

=== 7:41pm JST

...The Giants will begin swapping at least two Group A players with Group B players on a daily basis starting on Sunday.  They will continue to do this until mid-February (2/14) when they intend on having a basic idea of who will be playing at which level during the 2010 season.

On Sunday, the first two Group B players were Tomoya Inzen and Daijiro Tanaka; the first two Group A players were Noriyoshi Ohmichi and Takahiro Suzuki.

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi worked on his delivery on Sunday.

...19,000 people showed up at Giants' camp on Saturday.  A number of events were also held for the fans after practice.

...Alex Ramirez worked closely with Edgar Gonzalez on Saturday.  Ramirez stood behind the net to watch Gonzalez take BP and then quickly took him off to the side when he was done to give him advice on his swing.

...Hisayoshi Chono and Taishi Ohta stayed back after general practice on Saturday to work on their hitting.  They spent about 30 minutes taking BP against live arms and then spent about an hour at the indoor training facilities taking soft toss BP.

=== 2/7/2010 8:37am JST

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 104 pitches during his bullpen session on Saturday.  Yamaguchi was also re-assured by Tatsunori Hara that he will be eased in as a starter -- they'll initially start with 2-3 innings and go from there.

...Hisayoshi Chono took 162 swings during BP on Saturday and hit 12 out; Taishi Ohta took 157 swings and hit 9 out.

...The Giants held an event on Saturday that drew about 2,000 fans.  At the event, Tatsunori Hara promised the fans the team would win their second consecutive championship, while Hayato Sakamoto told fans he wanted to hit 25 home runs this year.