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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 1, 2011

by on Feb.01, 2011 @ 3:31 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 11:07pm

Nisihimura was satisfied that all his pitchers were able to toss bullpen sessions today.  Takashi Ogino ran a 3,000 meter and told reporters later that he still felt a little pain, but needed to get over that.

=== 4:13pm

Shunsuke Watanabe threw about 70 pitches with the catcher squatting.  He also had a batter stand in the box at one point to check on the movement of his sinker and slider.

=== 3:31pm

22 pitchers (including 3 foreigners) held bullpen sessions on the first day of spring camp today.  Bob McCrory threw 34 pitches (including his off-speed pitches) to a squatting catcher.

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Norifumi Nishimura told his players during last night's team meeting that practices will be even tougher this year, more than last year (especially since the season will probably be harder this year).  He also said that no one had a secure position in the starting line-up at this point.

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Shota Ishimine (1st round) worked out with the other players at Ishigakijima yesterday.  Ishimine later told reporters he wanted to get advice from Shoitsu Omatsu on playing the game (not just in terms of skills, but also the mental aspect of the game).