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Yakult Swallows News and Notes: January 5, 2011

by on Jan.05, 2011 @ 11:30 pm, under NPB

Hiroyasu Tanaka is planning on adding a new bat to his collection this season -- one that's the same weight (900 grams) and same length (33.5 inches), but with a center of gravity that's closer to the bat head.

"I want to take advantage of the weight of the bat," said Tanaka.  "We'll be using a new ball, so I asked for a bat that's easier to swing.  I want to be prepared to bat in any place in the line-up."

Tanaka is also thinking about inviting the Waseda ekiden team to a game at Jingu Stadium for winning first place.

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Masanori Ishikawa, Yasushi Iihara, and Koki Watanabe worked out at Jingu today (running, playing catch, fielding practice).  Ishikawa told reporters that he hoped to set a new career high in wins this year (he set a career high of 13 wins in 2009 and matched it last season).