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Yakult Swallows: Four of six pitchers in rotation set

by on Feb.13, 2010 @ 9:08 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 2/14/2010 12:29am JST

...Shingo Kawabata has 7 hits and 5 RBIs over 3 intra-squad practice games.

...Masato Nakazawa threw a new kind of change during Saturday's intra-squad practice game.  It's apparently 5-10 km/h slower than his usual change.

=== 8:19pm JST

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

Yoshinori Sato started and gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits over 3 innings of work.  He also struck out 2.

Masato Nakazawa gave up a run on 3 hits and a walk over 2 innings of work.  He struck out 3.

Ryo Kawashima started and tossed 3 innings while giving up 2 runs on 4 hits.

Rafael Fernandes tossed 2 shutout innings in relief and struck out 2 and walked 1.

Tetsuya Yamamoto struck out 3 batters in 2 shutout innings of relief and gave up 1 hit.

Takahiro Araki started at short and batted second.  He went 2-for-4.

Hiroyasu Tanaka started at second and batted second.  He went 2-for-2.

Yasushi Iihara started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-2 with an RBI.

Shingo Kawabata started at short and batted sixth.  He went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI.

...Norichika Aoki's first game will likely be on the 27th against the Yokohama Bay Stars (the Swallows' first exhibition game of the year).  Aoki was originally talking about playing in one of the practice games between the 11th and 13th, but decided it would be better to rest his legs.

...Kyohei Muranaka apparently has a shot at being the opening day starter.  At least that's what Shigeru Takada said to reporters on Friday.

=== 2/13/2010 9:08am JST

...Shigeru Takada told reporters on Friday that four of the six pitchers in the starting rotation have been decided: Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, Kyohei Muranaka, Yoshinori Sato.

...Tsuyoshi Ueda has been working on making changes to his batting stance (he's using his right hand slightly differently; the stance on the right is from last year, the stance on the left is what he's been working on), based on advice from Norichika Aoki.  On Friday, he put the new stance to the test and ended up hitting home run.

...Kyohei Muranaka threw his new slurve during an intra-squad practice game outing on Friday.  He also used the pitch to strike Tsuyoshi Ueda out.