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Chiba Lotte Marines
Tae-Kyun Kim wants to start and end the season batting clean-up. Kim started 2010 batting fourth, but was later dropped down to the 6th and 7th spots in the line-up in September. In January, Kim spent 2 weeks (beginning on the 9th) working out with the Hanwha Eagles in Hawaii. And during the 6-hour long practice sessions, he spent most of it running in order to strengthen his lower body.
Akinobu Okada and the Ichi-gun coaching staff arrived in Miyakojima today. They arrived early in order to check out the training facilities and to make sure all the coaches are on the same page.
The sponsorship deal the team signed with Han Game is apparently a 1-year deal worth 100M yen. And in addition to logos on helmets and uniforms, the logo will also show up on the Buffaloes' new electronic advertising billboard behind home plate. The Buffaloes will also be holding a press conference for Seung-Yeop Lee and Chan Ho Park at a ritzy hotel in Osaka.
Akinori Iwamura worked out for the second straight day at Kleenex Stadium today.
Iwamura and Kazuo Matsui merchandise (t-shirts, sweat bands, mobile phone straps, and towels) will go on sale beginning on 2/1. They will be available at the team shops, as well as their online store.
Brian Sikorski arrived in Japan today and told reporters that he had already held three indoor bullpen sessions during the off-season.
Yusei Kikuchi threw about 30 pitches to a squatting catcher today and told reporters that his training was coming along just fine.
Keisuke Katto turned to judo training (Fukuoka University's Women's Judo Team) this winter.
The Hawks held a press conference for Alex Cabrera and Anthony Lerew at Yahoo Dome today. Cabrera said he his goal for the season was to bat .300, hit 20 homers, and record 100 RBI.