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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 5, 2011

by on Jan.05, 2011 @ 4:40 pm, under NPB

Shota Kimura arrived at Giants Stadium at 7:30am this morning for workouts.  He spent about 3 hours doing weight training, playing catch, and running.

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Hisayoshi Chono also started working out at Giants Stadium today and told reporters that he wanted to improve his fielding abilities during the off-season.  He'll be joining Hayato Sakamoto and Shinnosuke Abe on the 6th for training in Guam.

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Masato Kiyashiki will be working out with Taishi Ota at Giants Stadium in January.

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The Yomiuri Giants announced a number of personnel additions, changes today: effective January 1, Yuya Fukata will be working as an assistant coach at Giants' Academy; Makoto Sato will be joining the team as a BP pitcher; Shigeo Nagashima will go from being a special team assistant to baseball relations advisor; and former head coach Haruki Ihara is the new senior advisor of player development.

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Kenji Yano met with the front office today and agreed to a 27M yen salary (no change).  Yano put the team's offer on hold three times before finally agreeing.