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Nippon Ham Fighters: March 20, 2010

by on Mar.20, 2010 @ 3:24 pm, under NPB

...The Fighters worked out for about an hour and half at Sapporo Dome on Friday.

...Sho Nakata took 20 swings against a left-handed pitcher during BP on Friday and hit 3 out.  Nakata was also back to using a helmet covered with pine tar during BP.

...Yu Darvish was apparently working on a one-seamer during exhibition play and decided on Friday to incorporate it into his repertoire.  The pitch comes in around 140km/h and has irregular movement.  Darvish could become one of the first Japanese pitchers to use it during a game.

...As mentioned yesterday, Masataka Nashida is going after career win 500 on Saturday.  If / when he reaches 500 wins, he'll become the 25th winningest manager in NPB history.