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Yakult Swallows: March 8, 2010

by on Mar.08, 2010 @ 5:29 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Yoshinori Sato threw four fastballs (150km/h, 150km/h, 149km/h, and 151km/h) to Sho Nakata in his first at bat in the second on Sunday.  In his second at bat in the 4th, Yoshinori threw a slider for a swinging strike, a fastball that was fouled off, a slider for a ball, and a 123km/h slider on the outside corner for strike three.

Overall, Yoshinori had a strong start: he pitched 5 shutout innings, faced 21 batters, threw 85 pitches, gave up 3 hits, 2 walks, an HBP, and struck out 6.

...Shigeru Takada told reporters that he considers Masato Nakazawa as a candidate for the 5 or 6 spot in starting rotation.  As such, his next appearance will likely come as a starter.  On Sunday, Nakazawa tossed four scoreless inning in relief: he faced 14 batters, threw 48 pitches, gave up a hit, a walk, an HBP, and struck out four.  Nakazawa also picked up a save.