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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 2, 2011

by on Feb.02, 2011 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

=== 10:27pm

Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi is looking to secure a spot in the starting rotation (the coaches approached him about it last fall).  In an effort to help him build up the stamina, he's looking to toss at least 1,000 pitches before the third block of spring camp.

Said Masubuchi, "If I start, I'd like to shoot for 10 wins.  If I relieve, 40 holds.  If I can do that well, I think [I can help] the team win a championship. ... Last year I relied on power.  This year, I want to try throw good pitches without putting so much power in it."

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Masanori Ishikawa threw 120 pitches in the bullpen today.  It was Ishikawa's second straight bullpen session in as many days.

Said Ishikawa, "I wasn't planning on throwing that much.  I was pretty tired after about 60 pitches, but that's when I started throwing the ball pretty well.  And I just got caught up in it."

=== 4:07pm

14 pitchers (excluding Chang-Yong Lim) tossed bullpen sessions at Urasoe Stadium yesterday.  Chief pitching coach Daisuke Araki told reporters that Yoshinori Sato, Masanori Ishikawa, Shohei Tateyama, and Kyohei Muranaka were all in the mix for the opening day start.  If Yoshinori can get the opening day start and record a victory, he'll also become the younger Swallow (at 21 years and 3 months) to achieve the feat -- the current record holder is Araki at 22 years and 11 months (1987).

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Norichika Aoki took 65 swings of the bat and produced 27 could-be hits during BP yesterday.

Said Aoki, "I've never felt this good on the first day of spring camp.  It was a great outing."  Regarding the new baseball, "[The ball] felt a little heavier, [but I think it'll be fine] if I get used to it."

Aoki's workouts on the first day of camp lasted until 6pm.