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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: January 1, 2011

by on Jan.01, 2011 @ 10:59 pm, under NPB

Junji Ogawa is hoping to select his number 2 batter during spring camp and the exhibition game season.  Nikkan Sports notes that the "AKB4.8" line-up did fairly well last season.  That's Norichika Aoki, Shingo Kawabata, and Kazuhiro "Boo" Hatakeyama batting at the top of the line-up and averaging about 4.8 runs per game.


Yoshinori Sato has his sights set on 15 wins and one title (like strikeout, wins, ERA).  He also would like to attempt to break Marc Kroon's NPB velocity record of 162km/h.  Sato is also in the process of picking up a two-seamer (since fall camp).