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Yomiuri Giants: March 16th, 2010

by on Mar.16, 2010 @ 4:29 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi has the start against the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday night.  The Giants will also be testing Alex Ramirez out at first.  If Ramirez can handle first, it would open up another spot in the outfield, possibly for Hisayoshi Chono.

...Marc Kroon will likely make an appearance against the Hiroshima Carp on the 17th.  He'll like pitch one inning and then see how he feels before scheduling any additional appearances.  Seems the Giants are pushing Kroon a bit since both Masahide Kobayashi and Micheal Nakamura have not pitched as well as they had hoped.

...Ikusei player Masumi Hoshino is scheduled to pitch against the Hiroshima Carp on the 17th.  This appears to be a tryout for getting added to the roster as a regular player.  With 66 players on the roster, the Giants have four spaces available.

...Michihiro Ogasawara will be featured in a 9-page spread in the June edition of the women's magazine FRaU (hits newsstands on 5/12).  Materials for the spread (photos and an interview) were taken in a Tokyo studio on Monday.  This appears to be part of the Giants' plan to get more women to come out and watch games at Tokyo Dome.

...The Giants announced that they will be holding a number of fan events at the Kawasaki training facilities after their Ni-gun home opener against Seibu on the 20th.  They will also hold a pep rally at Taiyo-no Hiroba (太陽の広場) in Yomiuri Land on the 22nd.

Adult tickets prices to Ni-gun games have also increased from 700 yen to 1,000 yen in order to help pay security upgrades.  They also plan on holding a number of "present days" during the summer.