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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 17, 2010

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 7:54 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

...Buddy Carlyle started an Ikusei League game on Wednesday and was removed from the game in the second inning after he experienced some discomfort in his left hamstring.

...Of the 15 batters Bobby Keppel retired on Tuesday, 10 were on grounders, including two double plays (one runner got on via walk in the 2nd and a second batter reach on an error in the 5th.  He also topped out at 148km/h.

Keppel's first start of the regular season will likely be on the 22nd against the Softbank Hawks (third game of the opening series at Sapporo Dome).

...Yoshio Itoi ended exhibition play with RBIs in his last three games.

...Sho Nakata tried out a number of different bats this month and appears to have settled on a bat he borrowed from Itoi, which also happens to be based on Atsunori Inaba's bat.  He has been using the new bat since the 4/13.  Nakata also apparently picked up a few books on mental conditioning.

With the left-handed Toshiya Sugiuchi set to start the opening day game against the Fighters, Nakata could end up being in the starting line-up, batting 7th and playing in left.

Incidentally, the second home run Nakata hit on Tuesday cleared the netting out in left.  According to Nikkan Sports, it's not something that happens very often (they have a quote from a club official that said he didn't recall any Japanese players hitting one out) and the last time it did happen apparently was when Ken Griffey held a batting clinic in November 1997 and knocked out one.