This post will be updated throughout the day.
===== 2/8 @ 12:36pm
Osamu Higashio's advice to Sawamura: hold on to the ball for as long as you can to mess with the batter's timing.
Ramirez, Torres, and Albaladejo taught a course on Spanish conversation today.
===== 2/7 @ 10:59pm
When Utsumi was told about the number of pitches Tono threw, Utsumi replied by saying that he would throw 200 tomorrow.
Both pitchers are competing for the opening day start.
Tatsunori Hara worked with Taishi Ota on his hitting today. Ota also faced Carlos Torres during BP.
Torres faced Daijiro Tanaka and Ota during BP today and threw 43 pitches. Torres was also hit by a comebacker to the mound (second pitch he threw Tanaka) but appeared to be fine.
Hideki Sunaga threw 26 pitches in the bullpen today. Sunaga struggled with his control (particularly with the fork) and got some tips from pitching coach Kawaguchi (his body was getting out in front).
Jonathan Albaladejo held a 41-pitch bullpen session today. It was Albaladejo's second bullpen session this spring.
Both Yoshiyuki Kamei and Hisayoshi Chono were at practice today, despite suffering minor injuries yesterday*. The Giants had another scare today with Shigeyuki Furuki when he ran into the pitcher. It seems his injuries weren't major since he continued to take part in practice.
*The Giants originally thought about giving Chono the day off, but he wanted no part of that. Said Chono, "I'm fine. It was my fault for not being able to get out of the way."
The veteran group (or the S Group, comprised of Michihiro Ogasawara, Alex Ramirez, Yoshinobu Takahashi, and Yoshitomo Tani) spent the first half of their day working out outdoors (base-running, fielding practice) and then went back indoors for BP. It was the first time the veteran group practiced outside since the start of spring camp.
Hara showed some interest in what Masahiro Tanaka (RAK) shouted yesterday during the Eagles' morning shout session on the beach. Seems it reminded him of how Tanaka said he planned on winning the right to wear the number 18 for the next WBC.
===== 2/7 @ 4:15pm
Masumi Hoshino threw 134 pitches in the bullpen yesterday. General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi spent some time watching Hoshino, and even stood in the batter's box to get a closer look at his pitches.
According to Sanspo, Daisuke Ochi threw 54 pitches during BP yesterday and gave up 9 could-be hits while Tetsuya Yamaguchi threw 48 pitches and also gave up 9 could-be hit.
A number of advance scouts watched Hirokazu Sawamura toss BP yesterday. Here are some of their comments (via Sanspo):
Chunichi -- "He does throw a hard fastball, but velocity means very little in this world. He opens his body up while throwing the [curve], so it's very easy to see what's coming."
Yokohama -- "He throws fast, but he doesn't seem to be the strikeout type."
A little more on Sawamura's BP outing: he threw a total 55 pitches (at about 70%) and gave up 6 could-be hits. He broke Hayato Sakamoto's bat on his 15th and 27th pitches.
Sakamoto's comment on the two fastballs that broke his bats: "They were fast. Both pitches were inside. I just couldn't get my body ready for it in time."
The Giants drew about 15,500 fans yesterday.