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Orix Buffaloes: The third session begins / Foster a temp batting coach?

by on Feb.10, 2010 @ 3:39 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:23pm JST

...Wednesday's intra-squad practice game notes:

...Takahiro Okada picked up two hits, including a double

...Shintaro Yoshida (batted lead-off and played in right) had two hits and scored twice

...Takeshi Hidaka batted 8th and hit a home run off Takashi Kamoshida in the third with 1 out

...Shinya Nakayama started and tossed 2 innings without giving up a hit and struck out 2

...According to a report by Sanspo, smiles were back on the first day of the third session of Spring camp.

=== 2/10/2010 3:39pm JST

...Players going to Kochi camp will be selected during the third session, which begins Wednesday.  Akinobu Okada plans on giving as many different pitchers (about 22 of them from both Ichi-gun and Ni-gun) a look over the next 5 days of practice, which also includes 4 intra-squad games.

...Okada will be using Takahiro Okada in the clean-up spot during the upcoming intra-squad games.  And he'll likely be used at both first and left.

...Beginning on Wednesday, everything will be back to normal, at least on the surface.  The flags won't be at half-mast and there will be music playing in the background just as before.  The only thing different will be the sight of Hiroyuki Oze's uniform hanging in both the first and third base dugouts.

...George Foster will be at Miyakojima camp on the 10th to check on the team's current talent level.  Seems he could also end up working as a temporary batting coach.

...Okada told reporters that about 6 groups of players went out for golf on Tuesday.

...Yuki Nishi and Nobuyoshi Yamada hung out at the beach on Tuesday.  Nishi told reporters that he wants to throw a lot of fastballs during his intra-squad practice game start on Wednesday.