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Yomiuri Giants: March 17, 2010

by on Mar.17, 2010 @ 3:21 pm, under NPB, Spring Camp

=== 10:25pm JST

...Shugo Fujii's exhibition game outings:

3/17 vs Hiroshima Carp: 6 IP, 21 BF, 76 NP, 2 H, 4 SO, 1 BB, 1 R, 1 ER

3/12 vs Orix Buffaloes: 2 IP, 6 BF, 25 NP, 9 H, 2 SO, 9 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

2/28 vs Seibu Lions: 3 IP, 13 BF, 51 NP, 2 H, 3 SO, 3 BB, 0 R, 0 ER

...Marc Kroon tossed an inning in relief on Wednesday and managed to top out at 152km/h.  He told reporters after his outing that he felt a little pain in his elbow but that he expected the pain to go away.  His final line: 1 IP, 3 BF, 12 NP, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

...The Giants held a press conference after Wednesday's game to announce that Masumi Hoshino was added to the regular roster.  His new contract is worth 4.4M yen and includes a 10M yen signing bonus.  Hoshino's new number is 95 (down from 100).

Hoshino tossed an inning of shutout relief in the game prior to the press conference.  His final line: 1 IP, 4 BF, 16 NP, 1 H, 2 SO, 0 BB, 0 R, 0 ER.

...Edgar Gonzalez hit his "first" home run since arriving Japan on Wednesday.  The home run came in the 4th with a runner on first and no out.  Takeshi Komatsu was on the mound at the time.

...19-year-old actress Kie Kitano threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Giants' exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday.  She ended up one-hopping the ball to home plate.

=== 3:21pm JST

...Tetsuya Yamaguchi tossed a pro career high (for a game) 83 pitches against the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday.  His previous high was 46 pitches, set back in 2008.  Yamaguchi told reporters that exhaustion hit him pretty hard after he threw three consecutive walks with two outs  in the 5th.

...Yoshinobu Takahashi played in his first Tokyo Dome game since 10/24/2008.

...Ikusei player Ryuichi Bito pitched well on Tuesday (1 IP, 4 BF, 14 NP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER).  He's trying to make his way onto the roster.  3rd round draft pick Kyohei Tsuchimoto has also been pitching well (1.80 ERA and 2 saves over 5 games).

...Alex Ramirez hit his first exhibition game home run on Tuesday against the Hanshin Tigers.  He hit the homer in his 31st exhibition game plate appearance.  And despite hitting the home run, Ramirez did not reveal his 2010 dance after rounding the base paths.  He's apparently saving it for the regular season.

...The Giants officially announced on Wednesday that Olympic speed skater Keiichiro Nagashima will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the home opener against the Yakult Swallows on the 26th.