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Yakult Swallows: March 17, 2010

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 5:55 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 9:55pm JST

...Aaron Guiel went yard in his first at bat against the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday.  He doubled that that total against the Hanshin Tigers on Wednesday and hit consecutive homers in his first two at bats of the game.  His final line: 3-for-3, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI.  Guiel now has 5 home runs during exhibition play.

=== 5:55pm JST

...Shigeru Takada apparently isn't convinced that Tony Barnette is ready for the opening day starting rotation and told reporters after Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes that he'll be keeping his eyes open for other possible candidates.

...At this point, the rotation will likely include Masanori Ishikawa, Yoshinori Sato, and Kyohei MuranakaShohei Tateyama, Ryo Kawashima, Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi, Masato Nakazawa, and Barnette will all be competing for the final spots.  (Sanspo includes Tateyama in their rotation projection.)

Both Kawashima and Masubuchi were scheduled to start games on Wednesday -- Kawashima against the Hanshin Tigers and Masubuchi in an Ikusei League game against Seibu.  Kawashima didn't do too well.  His final line: 6 IP, 29 BF, 96 NP, 11 NP, 4 SO, 1 BB, 7 R, 7 ER.

...Aaron Guiel held a mini-meeting with Norichika Aoki after Tuesday's game against the Orix Buffaloes.  The reason?  The two had some trouble with communication in the outfield during the 4th inning: Alex Cabrera hit a ball into the gap and it seems Aoki and Guiel both paused, thinking the other was going after the ball; the hit ultimately ended up a double.