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Seibu Lions: Yusei Kikuchi’s outing as BP pitcher put off

by on Feb.14, 2010 @ 5:05 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:39pm JST

...After general practice on Sunday, the catchers gathered on the secondary field for about 30 minutes of fielding practice.

...A number of Lions' players around 30-years-old, including Yusei Kikuchi, spent some time playing dodgeball with elementary school kids after practice on Sunday.

...About 6,400 fans showed up to camp on Sunday.

=== 2/14/2010 5:05pm JST

...Kimiyasu Kudo threw 98 pitches to a squatting catcher during his bullpen session on Sunday.  He told reporters he was originally planning on stopped after 50 pitches but kept pitching because he felt good.

...Yusei Kikuchi and Hisanobu Watanabe received a Valentine's Day cake from reporters prior to practice.  Watanabe fed Kikuchi a few bites of the star-shaped cheese cake with heart decorations on it.  Kikuchi told reporters that he was happy and that it was his first cake since eating his own birthday cake.

...According to Sponichi, Hideaki Wakui threw 38 pitches (all fastballs) and gave up 7 could-be hits against Dee Brown and Takumi Kuriyama on Saturday.

...Brown is a candidate to bat in the 5 hole, behind Hiroyuki Nakajima and Takeya Nakamura.  Brown also had a chance to stand in the batter's box during a Wakui bullpen session a couple days earlier to get a feel for the strike zone.

...There was talk of Kikuchi tossing a BP on the 16th, but that appears to have been put off.  Kikuchi is not scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Sunday either.

Kikuchi played catch at distances of about 60 meters on Saturday.

...NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato dropped by Lions' camp on Saturday.

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

Ryo Sakata picked up 3 hits (including a double) and drove in  runs.  He also made a couple of nice plays with the glove: a diving catch in foul  territory in the 4th and a strong relay throw in the 6th that got Shogo Akada out at home.

Both teams combined to score 11 runs on 12 hits.