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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 1, 2011

by on Feb.01, 2011 @ 1:18 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 10:49pm

For full-squad evening practice, Ni-gun manager Masahiro Kawai gave everyone a refresher course on bunting.  Kawai holds the record for most career sac hits with 533.

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Tatsunori Hara told reporters that he was satisfied with how prepared the players were for the first day of spring camp and that the team was off to a good start.  Seems he was particularly high on Takahiko Nomaguchi and Norihito Kaneto.

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Hideki Asai threw a team high (for the day) 122 pitches in the bullpen today.  He told reporters that he ended up throwing more pitches than he originally planned because there were a few things he was checking.  Regarding Sawamura, Asai said that watching him play catch reminded him of Masahiro Tanaka playing catch.

=== 1:18pm

The Giants visited Aoshima Shrine before practice today.

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Shinnosuke Abe wants to help create / improve team unity through communication -- that is, he'll do his job to make everyone feel comfortable, including the foreign players and the rookies. ... Abe is hoping fans will drop by their Naha camp when they go see Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) in Nago (since it's along the way).

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Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) told reporters yesterday that he figures there will be days during spring camp where he'll throw more than 100 pitches and that there also might be days when he tosses sessions on back-to-back days.

Daily Sports is also carrying a report on Sawamura's first day:

9:00am - Visit Aoshima Shrine.

9:46am - Visit ends.  Sawamura wrote Regain and Contribute on his ema.  While walkig along the road, Sawamura says, "I am a rookie and I would like to help the team win a championship.  I'd like to see some improvement in myself by the time camp ends."

10:15am - Sawamura arrives at the stadium.

11:05am - Sawamura plays catch with Jumpei Ono.  Hara watches closely.

11:26am - Sawamura takes grounders at second.

11:45am - Sawamura and the other pitchers work on fielding drills around the mound.

12:06am - Fielding practice ends.

1:15pm - After doing some strengthening exercises, Sawamura is the last to enter the bullpen.  He throws 7 pitches to a standing catcher and then another 23 with the catcher sitting (Shinnosuke Abe).  It's about a 10 minute session.  Breakdown of the 23 pitches: 15 fastball and 8 sliders.  He struggled with his control a little with only 11 going for strikes.  Said Sawamura, "It wasn't a good session.  But I had the catcher sit, so that's progress."

1:55pm - Sawamura takes soft toss BP with Ono.

2:40pm - Sawamura heads to the track and begins running.

3:10pm - Sawamura answers interview questions.  Said Sawamura, "I did well despite being a little nervous.  They have expectations for me so I want to do my best."  After the questions, he returned to the hotel.

4:20pm - While back at the hotel, Sawamura did some shadow pitching.  End at 5:00pm.