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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: January 8, 2011

by on Jan.08, 2011 @ 4:01 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka has been working on firming up his body during the off-season.  Tanaka is listed at 93kg, but managed to drop that to around 90kg.  In response to Yu Darvish (HAM) gaining weight this off-season, Tanaka said, "Darvish is going to see what happens when you gain weight and I will see what happens when you lose weight."  Tanaka also added that his goal for the season was to stay healthy for a full season, something he hasn't managed to do since his rookie year.

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Motohiro Shima worked out for about an hour and half (mostly running) at Kleenex Stadium on Friday.  As of yesterday, he was scheduled to move his workout to Okinawa today.

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Kazuya Takahori also worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Friday.  Takahori is coming off a year in which he had problems with his right shoulder and is now focused on staying healthy and putting up results this season.

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Takeshi Yamasaki took off for his training in Hawaii on Friday.  He'll be working out with Kosuke Fukudome in Hawaii.

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Ni-gun Ikusei coach Makoto Kosaka was a police chief for a day at the Shiroishi, Miyazaki Police Department on Friday.