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Yomiuri Giants: March 3, 2010

by on Mar.03, 2010 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 3/4/2010 12:35am JST

...Daisuke Nakai has a modest 3-game hitting streak going and is 4-for-5 over three exhibition games.

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi rejoined the Ichi-gun team for practice on Wednesday.  He had been out with tonsillitis since 2/28.  Yamaguchi did not work on the same training menu and instead did some walking and played some catch.

=== 3/3/2010 4:50pm JST

...Going into Wednesday's game, Hayato Sakamoto did not have a hit over his last 8 at bats.  On Wednesday, he went 0-for-3 with walk and is now 0-for-11 with 4 strike outs and 2 walks.

...Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he might try hitting Hisayoshi Chono in the number 1 or 2 hole at some point during exhibition play.  The point is to create more options when / if Sakamoto and Tetsuya Matsumoto need breathers, go down with injuries, or hit prolonged slumps.  Chono wouldn't be a prototypical lead-off hitter since he tends to swing a lot, but he could be an interesting option if he continues to make contact.

On Wednesday, Chono started in left and batted out of the 9 hole and went 0-for-3 with a strike out.

...On Tuesday, Hara suggested that Kentaro Nishimura try picking up a cutter.  To that end, Nishimura ended up working with BP pitcher Shintaro Yoshitake, a pitcher that was known for his cutter.  This would be a pitch Nishimura could use against left-handed batters.

...Tetsuya Utsumi threw 80 pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday.  During the session, Ni-gun pitching coach Tadakatsu Kotani offered Utsumi some advice that apparently gave his pitches a little something extra.  Utsumi later told reporters that he's now focusing more on his balance and that he feels he's making better pitches.