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Yomiuri Giants: Some more notes from Wednesday’s intra-squad game

by on Feb.18, 2010 @ 8:03 am, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 12/19/2010 12:35am JST

...Ayumi Kataoka (Golden Golds baseball player) dropped by Giants' camp on Thursday to record a segment for a TV show.  Tatsunori Hara called over to her while she watched the team warm-up and invited her to join the team.

...The Giants announced on Thursday that they will be accepting uniform ideas from children all across Japan (The Uniform of Dreams - 夢のユニホーム).  The selected design will be converted into a real uniforms to be worn during a 3-game series against the Yakult Swallows that begins on 7/19 at Tokyo Dome.

Entries will be accepted from 2/25 through 4/16.

=== 7:45pm JST

...Tetsuya Utsumi threw 213 pitches during a bullpen session on Thursday.  Towards the end of the session, Utsumi had pitching coach Isao Koda stand in the batter's box for him.

...Taishi Ohta took extra fielding practice for the second straight day on Thursday.  Ohta is scheduled to start a third and bat 9th during a practice game against the Hiroshima Carp on the 20th.

Ohta is coming off an intra-squad practice game in which he made an error at third.

=== 12:22pm JST

...Hisayoshi Chono is now 7-for-14 over 3 intra-squad practice games.

=== 2/18/2010 8:03am JST

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi told reporters he needed to work on his approach to starting games.  As a reliever, he threw warmed up and immediately pitched.  As a starter, there's more time in between warming up and taking the mound.  Yamaguchi hopes to figure out a way to bridge that time.

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

Edgar Gonzalez started at second and batted 6th and went 2-for-3.

Yamaguchi threw 25 pitches.

Shugo Fujii threw 2 scoreless innings while giving up a hit.  He also struck out 2.