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Nippon Ham Fighters: Masao Kida to join Ichi-gun camp Thursday

by on Feb.11, 2010 @ 5:58 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/12/2010 12:30am JST

...Yu Darvish threw about 100 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday.  Darvish had some trouble with his control early on but quickly changed his tune when pitching coach Kazuyuki Atsuzawa stepped into the batters box (around his 29th pitch).  This was Darvish's 5th bullpen session of Spring camp.

=== 2/11/2010 5:58pm JST

...Shinya Tsuruoka plans on working with pitchers more over the next couple of days (like going over signals and pitches) in preparation for the upcoming practice games.

...As mentioned earlier, Masao Kida and Takehara Kato will be joining Ichi-gun camp Thursday.

...Shintaro Ejiri worked out on his day off Wednesday and threw about 100 balls at long distances (between right right field foul pole and behind the bag at first).

...Sho Nakata worked out again on his day off.  He's hoping that he'll be able to play in the Memorial Game on 3/3.

...Buddy Carlyle is hoping to have a chance to speak to Hanshin Tiger Minoru Iwata when the two teams meet for a practice game on the 13th.  Seems he has a few questions for Iwata regarding his charity work in the field of diabetes.  And it seems Carlyle might also try to suggest doing something together.

...The media found out on Wednesday that Dai-Kang Yang (Yoh) was married to a Taiwanese model named Wan-Jung Hsieh (謝宛容).  The two actually filed marriage papers back on 12/24/2008 and held a wedding ceremony last December.

...A little more info on the Shigeru Kobayashi Memorial Game that will take place on 3/3:

A video of Kobayashi's life / career will be shown on the big screen

There will be an exhibit of panels featuring Kobayashi in the concourse area

A portion of the ticket sales will go towards the promotion of little league baseball

His Fighters uniform with the number 79 will displayed in the Fighters' dugout

His Tigers' uniforms with the number 19 will be displayed in the Tigers' dugout

The Fighters could start Ejiri, one of Kobayashi's "projects"