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Softbank Hawks News and Notes: November 16, 2010

by on Nov.16, 2010 @ 3:42 pm, under NPB

Nagisa Arakaki tossed about 100 pitches in the bullpen on Monday.  Seems Arakaki's right shoulder is doing better now.  He's also apparently working on a two-seamer (to go with his slider, curve, and fork).

Seems Kenji Otonari is also working on a two-seamer and the two are getting help on how to throw the pitch from temporary pitching coach Kazuhiro Takeda.  The reason for picking up the new pitch: the Hawks want the two to learn a pitch they can turn use to induce grounders.

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Nobuhiro Matsuda took an extra hour's worth of fielding practice at third on Monday.

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Kenta Imamiya is planning on strengthening his legs this off-season by climbing Mt. Ohira (aka Mt. Ogi) in Oita.

Said Imamiya, "Mt. Ogi is close to my old high school Meiho and takes about 40 minutes to climb.  I want to run everyday and strengthen my lower body."

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Koji Akiyama, batting coach Yasuo Fujii, and Ni-gun batting coach Hiroshi Fujimoto spent about 45 minutes working with Koji Toyofuku on his hitting on Monday.