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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 11, 2011

by on Feb.11, 2011 @ 3:35 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

The game ended in a 4-4 tie (7 innings).

Wladimir Balentien was the starting DH and batted 4th for the red team.  He hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning with runners on first and third and 2 out.  He also struck out looking in his first at bat.

Masato Nakazawa started the game for the reds and gave up 1 run (unearned) on 2 hits over 2 innings of work.

Yasuhiro Ichiba was the starter for the whites and gave up a run on 2 hits, 2 strikeouts, and an HBP over 3 innings of work.

Toshifumi Aso hit a 2-run homer for the reds in the 6th inning off Kosuke Matsui.

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Students at Urasoe Kamimori Junior High School asked Yoshinori Sato and Kyohei Muranaka if they had dreams of playing in the Majors during their visit yesterday.  Their responses:

Yoshinori - "It's only been 4 years since I turned pro.  I still have a long way to go.  I am interested in playing in Majors once I've made my mark and built up enough confidence."

Muranaka - "I do watch MLB games, but I don't really have any desires of going right now."

Both pitchers tossed bullpen sessions today.