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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 13, 2011

by on Jan.13, 2011 @ 4:39 pm, under NPB

Shinnosuke Abe has his sights set on hitting 50 homers.  If he somehow manages to accomplish the feat, he'll become just the second catcher in NPB history since Katsuya Nomura hit 52 homers in 1963 and the first Yomiuri Giant since Hideki Matsui hit 50 in 2002.

Abe's training on Wednesday lasted about 5 hours and included running, BP, and fielding practice.


Yoshinobu Takahashi doesn't mind where he's hitting in the line-up, so long as he has a starting job.  Takahashi has been pushing hard during his training so far and plans on taking BP every day until the 20th (except for one day off).  On Wednesday, he took about 40 swings of the bat.


Shun Tono is playing catch using a softball.  He's hoping that will help him pick up the change quicker (to help strengthen the fingers).  Hisanori Takahashi and Toshiya Sugiuchi (SOF) are said to have used softballs to help them with their change-ups.


Ni-gun manager Masahiro Kawai told reporters he planned to decrease the number of days off during Ni-gun spring camp.  Instead of the usual 4 - 5 days of practice for every 1 day off, Kawai is thinking of going 5-6 day of practice for every 1 day off.  A final decision will likely be made once the Ichi-gun schedule is set during an upcoming staff meeting on the 17th.