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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 10, 2011

by on Feb.10, 2011 @ 4:57 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/10 @ 10:55pm

The veteran players (S group) joined the rest of the Ichi-gun players today.  They also took BP outdoors for the first time since the start of spring camp (excluding Shinnosuke Abe).  Yoshinobu Takahashi and Yoshitomo Tani both told reporters that they had a hard time hitting the ball during BP (timing issues).  Tani and Michihiro Ogasawara both faced Tetsuya Utsumi and Shun Tono.


Utsumi threw 64 pitches during BP yesterday and gave up 5 could-be hits.  While he didn't throw his new fork, he did throw his fastball, slider, and change.


Tono threw 62 pitches (all fastballs) during BP.


Carlos Torres faced Hidetoshi Tsuburaya and Daijiro Tanaka during BP today (his 2nd BP outing) and threw 49 pitches while giving up 4 could-be hits.  Torres struggled with his control and threw 6 straight balls at one point.


Itaru Hashimoto, Tomoya Inzen, and Daisuke Fujimura took part in Ichi-gun practice today.  During situational fielding, Hashimoto showed off his arm and inspired Tatsunori Hara to tell reporters that Hashimoto had the best arm in the Giants' system.


Alex Ramirez visited Miyazaki Gakuen High School today and dropped in a on a number clubs (flower arrangement, Japanese calligraphy, koto music) for ideas on his HR dance.

===== 2/10 @ 4:57pm

Kentaro Nishimura told reporters today that the biggest thing he had to work on moving forward was his balance while throwing the ball.

Said Nishimura, "I really need to think about my balance.  I mess up my balance if I try to throw too hard, so I want to keep it at about 80%.  I want to be able to throw a fastball with some good spin on it."


Taishi Ota worked out for about an hour on his day off yesterday.  The Giants will play three intra-squad games between 2/13 and 2/17.  Ota told reporters he'd wanted to hit at least one home run during those three games and that he also wanted to do well against Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) on the 15th so that he could get his name in the papers (Ota collected 3 could-be hits on 33 pitches the first time they faced each other during BP on 2/6).

Ota is competing against Rutsy Ryal and Yoshiyuki Kamei for the starting third base job.