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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 3, 2011

by on Feb.03, 2011 @ 11:29 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today was the final day of the first block of spring campKazuo Matsui told reporters he managed to have fun while concentrating on the work at hand.  Akinori Iwamura said that he'd like to add extra fielding and batting practice sessions into his schedule at some point.  Senichi Hoshino said this of his pitchers, "The pitchers have to turn it up a notch and they're doing a good job working hard.  The pitchers aren't show any signs of being tired.  They're all throwing hard."  Regarding camp in general, Hoshino said, "It's going so well I'm a little scared.  I was wondering just how much everyone managed to do [over the winter] but they all have not disappointed."  Head /batting coach Koichi Tabuchi comments regarding the first block: "I think Hoshino probably feels the same here...  Everyone has done a great job since fall camp."

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During early morning shouts today, Kensuke Uchimura said the following:

I want to win a starting job this season and steal at least 20 bases.

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Norhiro Akahoshi dropped by the Eagles' training grounds today as part of his job as a baseball analyst.  He also gave the players some advice on base stealing, like making sure you do your homework on your opponents before games.

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Tadashi Ishimine told reporters he knows that the only way he'll be able to play in more games this year is if he can show the coaches something other catchers on the team don't have.  Seems he thinks that might be the strength of his throwing shoulder.  The fact that he's also the only catcher on the team that bats left-handed could also work in his favor.

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Hoshino told reporters yesterday that he'd like to start pitchers on 5 days of rest this year, if possible.  He's also trying to help some of the younger pitchers -- Hoshino coached Ryohei Isaka on release points; Masafumi Togano on the positioning of his neck; and Hiroshi Katayama on the importance of the lower body.  Hoshino is ultimately hoping that some of the younger pitchers will be able to step up and fill out the back-end of the rotation.