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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.09, 2011 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Eagles have the day off today.

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Masahiro Tanaka played some golf on his day off today.  Senichi Hoshino and head / batting coach Koichi Tabuchi did some site-seeing.

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Hoshino is planning on pitching Takahiro Shiomi (1st round) sometime during an intra-squad game between the 15th and 19th.

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In addition to batting fourth, Hoshino would like to see Takeshi Yamasaki playing games at first base this season.  There's also Randy Ruiz and Daisuke Kusano, so it's possible there might be some sort of rotation used.  The Eagles could also put Ruiz in the outfield and go with a platoon of Kusano and Yamasaki at first.

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Tetsuro Nishida has started using a higher leg kick after being told by the coaches that it might be better if he left more weight on his back foot.