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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: January 16, 2011

by on Jan.16, 2011 @ 4:50 pm, under NPB

Tetsuya Yamaguchi is preparing his body for a third straight 70+ game appearance season.  His primary focus: to add a little more muscle to his frame (about 2-3kg).  Yamaguchi has been running in the morning and then spending about 1.5 hours working with weights in the afternoon.

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Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he probably won't require all players to take part in the morning walks during spring camp because players were already pushing themselves pretty hard.  The extra time in the morning will also give players time to do other things like eating breakfast or massages.

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Micheal Nakamura arrived in Japan on Saturday (he took a Quantas flight into Narita out of Australia).  Nakamura tossed his first bullpen session about a week ago (around 40 pitches) and is looking to return to his previous title (with the Fighters) as closer.  Now that he's in Japan, he'll continue his workouts at Giants Stadium.

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Kentaro Nishimura tossed a bullpen session at Giants Stadium today.  Nishimura has been working on his mechanics (specifically with regards to his weight transfer) since the fall after he found that his body was getting out in front at times.

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Yoshiyuki Kamei worked out for about 6 hours at Giants Stadium yesterday.  In the morning, he worked on his fielding, using a brand new infielder's glove, and took some BP and did some weight training in the afternoon.

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Hisayoshi Chono has added about 2-3kg to his frame since last season in the hopes of increasing his power output.  Seems he's eating a lot of chicken.

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Shigeo Nagashima took in some sumo today.  It was just the second time he caught a sumo match in his life and the first in about 50 years.