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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: December 15, 2010

by on Dec.15, 2010 @ 10:32 pm, under NPB

Akinori Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui worked out together on Tuesday.  Iwamura's mentor, Futoshi Nakanishi, spent about 20 minutes hitting grounders to the two players (Iwamura playing at third and Matsui at short).  Nakanishi also spent about 30 minutes tossing soft toss and checking on their swings.

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Senichi Hoshino returned to his home in the Kansai area after spending 4 days in Sendai (appearances on local TV shows, press conference to introduce 2010 draft picks, etc).  Regarding the exhibition game schedule, Hoshino said that he'll sit down with the other coaches and work on a list of things they'll have players working on.  Hoshino will next return to Sendai some time in mid-January.

Hoshino is also looking for a nickname for his 2011 outfield: Akihisa Makida, Ryo Hijirisawa, and Teppei.

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Masahiro Tanaka made an appearance at Yoyogi Seminar's main branch today (for House Foods) and gave students a pep talk about their futures.  He also handed out House Foods products to about 10 students.