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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 4, 2011

by on Feb.04, 2011 @ 5:10 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Buffaloes have the day off today.

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Chan Ho Park did some running and played some catch on his day off today. ... Takahiro Okada also worked out today, spending about an hour in the indoor training facilities. ... The five rookies spent their day off relaxing at a hot spring in Miyakojima. ... And So Taguchi and Takeshi Hidaka went out to Kurimajima (about 9km away from the team hotel) by bicycle for some site-seeing.  The two also spent some time on the beach in the middle of a down pour with Taguchi reciting lines from one of Antonio Inoki's poems.

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Alfredo Figaro told reporters yesterday that he's been practicing how to use chopsticks and jokingly said that it was probably helping him strengthen his fingers.

Figaro threw 35 pitches during his bullpen session yesterday (his second in as many days).  He also threw his slider, change, and a new fork he learned from Jose Valverde last September.  The Buffaloes currently see Figaro as a starter.

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Akinobu Okada would like to see Seung-Yeop Lee hit 40 homers this year.  During BP yesterday, Lee swung the bat 96 times and hit 12 over the fence.  Lee has decided to go back to the bat he was using during his first year with the Yomiuri Giants in 2006 (34 inches, 900 grams).