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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 6, 2011

by on Feb.06, 2011 @ 3:39 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/6 @ 10:54pm

Hisashi Iwakuma threw 20 pitches to a squatting catcher today, followed by Masahiro Tanaka throwing 58 pitches.

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The Eagles held a baseball clinic for little league teams today at Kumejima Stadium.

===== 2/6 @ 3:39pm

During morning shouts today, Hisashi Iwakuma, Satoshi Nagai, and Masahiro Tanaka shouted the following:

Iwakuma: "My goal this year is to win a championship.  I also want to do my best to keep my spot in the rotation the entire season."

Nagai: "I will definitely win 15 games this year, I want to my best to put the team above 500.  I want to toss the manage up in the air, let's go on a fun championship vacation."

Tanaka: "Win the league, take the Nippon Series, I will take the opening day start from Iwakuma, and I will do my best to win the Sawamura award."

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Okayama prefectural governor Masahiro Ishii dropped by Eagles' Kumejima camp today in order to submit a request to consider Okayama (Muscat Stadium) for future camps, exhibition games, and regular season games.

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According to Sanspo, Tanaka threw 66 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  And Senichi Hoshino finally got around to watching Tanaka pitch this spring.

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Byung-Hyun Kim threw 32 pitches (including off-speed pitches) in the bullpen yesterday.  For Kim, it was his first bullpen session during spring camp.

Said Kim, "I'm still not quite there yet.  During camp, I'd like to work in regaining my form where I place most of my emphasis on my lower body."

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The Eagles held outdoor situational fielding practice yesterday for the first time since the start of spring camp (due to bad weather).

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The media found out yesterday that Hoshino selected music to be played before and after games.  The two songs he selected: TUBE's Azadarake-no Hero (傷だらけのヒーロー) and GiFT's Shori-no Uta (勝利ノウタ) as pre-game and post-game music.  The team already created the CD's for it (endless loop) and played the music (over and over again) during practice yesterday.