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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: January 12, 2011

by on Jan.12, 2011 @ 10:40 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino returned to Japan on Tuesday.  He told reporters that he wasn't able to do much while he was in Australia due to the rain (a kids' baseball clinic he was supposed to attend was canceled and he couldn't play any golf) and that he made it a point to stay abreast of the news in Japan (he used an iPad he purchased last year).

Hoshino also added that he thought Kazuo Matsui was physically capable of playing until he was 40 and that he should be preparing to play short this season.

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Kazuo Matsui has added about 2kg to his frame (he now weighs 85kg) in order to increase his muscle mass.  He also told reporters that he was aiming to do a lot of running on the base paths this season and that he wanted to be in the starting line-up everyday.

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Shinichiro Koyama is apparently using an MLB baseball in his training after he found out that Hisashi Iwakuma did the same last year and found it to be helpful.  He's also hoping it'll help him get used to pitching with the new NPB regulation baseball as well.

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Akinori Iwamura, on the other hand, is working on losing some weight.  He also had some problems getting on the plane to Okinawa yesterday because his luggage first came up as being over the weight limit, even though it wasn't.  And while he was trying to get that settled, his flight took off.  Iwamura was initially hoping to start his training in Okinawa on 1/11 at 1:11pm, but gave up and decided to start things today (when all was said in done, Iwamura ended up arriving in Okinawa at 4:30pm).

The other three players in Iwamura's group, Yusuke Kajimoto (ORI), Wataru Nishimura (RAK), and Naoya Washiya (BC League), started their workouts at Kochinda Stadium without Iwamura on the 11th.

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Hisashi Kitani tossed about 30 pitches (while mixing in off-speed pitches) in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Kitani started his training up on the 3rd at his old high school (Omi High School in Shiga).

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Horipro announced that they signed Masahiro Tanaka to a management contract today.  Horipro will be handling all of Tanaka's non-baseball related events, like his off-season TV appearance schedule.  Horipro also recently signed a similar contract with Yusei Kikuchi.