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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 7:02 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/8 @ 11:11pm

Shiomi threw 77 pitches during his bullpen session today.

Said Hoshino, "He throws a lot of pitches and has very good balance."

===== 2/8 @ 7:02pm

Manabu Mima (2nd round) faced Daisuke Kusano and Fuminori Yokogawa during BP today and threw 18 pitches while giving up 1 could-be hit.  For Mima, it was his first outing against pro yakyu hitters.

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Kazuo Matsui took extra BP after practice yesterday (about 45 minutes).  He took a total 164 swings of the bat (from the left side using a training bat) and hit 6 over the fence (against both a live arm and a machine).  Over half were line drives that were hit in fair territory.

Matsui also has three things in mind this year: hitting (consciously pulling inside pitches and going to the opposite field with outside pitches during BP); running the bases (he was timed at 7.19 seconds going from first to third and 7.20 seconds going from second to home); and fielding (Matsui averages about 0.44 seconds from gloving the ball to throwing).

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Senichi Hoshino was not only upset at the slight pause Motohiro Shima made during a 4-inning, 4 out bunting drill yesterday that allowed a runner to get into third safely, but was also upset when Yusuke Kusuki failed to execute a squeeze play.

Today, Hoshino checked out Ni-gun spring camp today for the first time this spring.  After spending the morning watching Ichi-gun pitchers in the bullpen, he hopped on a car and went to the Ni-gun facilities (about a 15 minute ride).  While there, Hoshino also had a chance to watch Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) toss a bullpen session.

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Akinori Iwamura spent about an hour fielding 218 grounders at third base during extra fielding practice yesterday.

Iwamura will also be celebrating his 32nd birthday tomorrow.  Before practice today, about 30 kindergartners wished Iwamura an early happy birthday with a song and a chocolate cake.

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Masahiro Tanaka threw 77 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  For Tanaka, it was his third session in as many days.  His parents were also visiting.