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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 8, 2011

by on Feb.08, 2011 @ 9:27 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/8 @ 11:51pm

Ryosuke Miyaguni (2nd round) tossed 50 pitches (all fastballs) in the bullpen today under the watchful eye of Hara.

Said Hara, "The heard from the coaches that there was a very interesting pitcher, with good potential.  And I thought if my presence my help motivate him even a little.  I feel we got a very nice pitcher in him.  He's a pitcher's pitcher.  He's a diamond in the rough.  I think it wouldn't be a stretch to say that he has the potential to play a big part in the Giants future."

Hara also spent some time signing autographs after practice today.

===== 2/8 @ 9:27pm

Hideki Asai will be getting a start during an intra-squad game on the 13.  Asai also made an appearance during BP today and faced Yoshiyuki Kamei and Rusty Ryal.

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Shinnosuke Abe took 102 swings during lunchtime BP today and hit 23 over the fence.

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Ryal also took lunchtime BP and hit 9 over the fence on 90 swings.

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Tatsunori Hara tossed 103 baseballs to Taishi Ota yesterday during soft-toss BP (about 13 minutes).

Ota is one of three candidates for the third base job.  The other two are Yoshiyuki Kamei and Rusty Ryal.

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Alex Ramirez doesn't care if Matt Murton also decides to use Tanoshingo's Love Chunyu skit.

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The media learned yesterday that Seth Greisinger, Dicky Gonzalez, Brian Bannister, Carlos Torres, Jonathan Albaladejo, and Adam Bright will likely be making appearances during an intra-squad game on the 17th.  Levi Romero, Chih-Lung Huang, and Yi-Hao Lin could also be making appearances.  All 9 players will be competing for three foreign player spots on the active roster.

The fourth foreign player spot will most likely go to Ryal.