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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: November 12, 2010

by on Nov.12, 2010 @ 11:18 am, under NPB

Takahiko Nomaguchi made an appearance during a simulated game on Thursday and faced 5 batters and did not allow a hit.  Nomaguchi also topped out at 141km/h using his new side-throw delivery.

Yoshiyuki Kamei started at third and handled 4 chances without any problems.  Kamei also went 3-for-3 with a home run batting out of the clean-up spot.


Hideki Sunaga held his first bullpen session in a Yomiuri uniform and tossed about 70 pitches (threw his fastball, slider, and fork).


The Giants added something new to practice on Thursday: infield / base-running coach Hironori Suguro hit tennis balls to players decked out in catcher's gear from a distance of about 5-10 meters.  The player wearing the gear then had to swat balls away using a practice glove.  Said head coach Kaoru Okazaki, "[This is about] physically getting used to hard hit balls."

Hayato Sakamoto, Yoshiyuki Kamei, Taishi Ota, and Daijiro Tanaka all gave it a shot.


The Giants agreed to terms with the following players:

Takahiro Suzuki got a 2-year deal worth 40M yen per year (down 2M yen).

Kazunari Tsuruoka signed for 40M yen (down 2M yen).

Daisuke Ochi put the Giants on hold.