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Nippon Ham Fighters: Fighters take on Yokohama for a practice game

by on Feb.23, 2010 @ 3:55 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 11:57pm JST

...Notes from Tuesday's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars:

Bob Keppel started the game and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 4 innings of work.

Sho Nakata started in left and batted 7th.  He went 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs: he hit a double in his first at bat in the 2nd; a 2-run homer in his 2nd at bat in the 4th; and another double in his fourth at bat in the 7th.

Takayuki Takaguchi hit a 2-run homer in the fourth.

Shota Ohno was the starting catcher and batted 8th.  He went 4-for-4.

...The Fighters demoted six players on Tuesday: Takeharu Kato (P), Toshimasa Konta (OF), Masanori Hayashi (P), Kazunori Yamamoto (P), Takahiro Imanami (INF), and Keisaku Itokazu (P).

Kazumasa Kikuchi (P), Takahiro Matsuka (P), and Kenji Tsuchiya (P) will be promoted on the Wednesday.

=== 2/23/2010 3:55pm JST

...Yu Darvish threw 35 pitches to Shinya Tsuruoka in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

...Tsuruoka was apparently happy for a chance to meet his former teammate, Naoto Inada.  Inada was traded to the Yokohama Bay Stars and was at Fighters' camp on Tuesday morning for a practice game between the two teams.

...As of Monday, Sho Nakata's trainer, Kevin Yamasaki, was scheduled to be at the game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

...Brian Wolfe will likely pitch against the Rakuten Eagles (exhibition game) on the 27th.

...Yu Darvish will be making a start against the Rakuten Eagles on the 27th.  He'll be pitching against Hisashi Iwakuma.

...During BP on Monday, Makoto Kaneko suggested that Nakata throw in a brief pause as he cocks his bat back.  Nakata has been struggling with his timing lately and the pause could help him.

...Bob Keppel and Buddy Carlyle are still candidates for the starting rotation.