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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 12, 2011

by on Feb.12, 2011 @ 2:36 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/12 @ 9:12pm

Tetsuya Utsumi threw 202 pitches in the bullpen today (a spring camp high for hims so far).

Utusmi - "I focused on my balance.  I wanted to try and throw at the same level after throwing 100 pitches. ... It felt great out there.  Everything was going well and I even felt like having people watch me. ... I'd like to try and pitch [in games] with the same kind of balance.  That's all I really need at first.  I ultimately want to be ready for opening day."


Takahashi stayed back for extra BP today.


Masumi Hoshino received some advice on how to throw the fork from general pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi today and later told reporters he felt he saw some improvement in the pitch.


Shugo Fujii worked on his curve during his bullpen session today (with the help from Abe).

===== 2/12 @ 2:36pm

The Giants drew 22,500 fans yesterday.


A little more on Hirokazu Sawamura's (1 round) lunchtime BP outing yesterday: he faced Michihiro Ogasawara, Yoshinobu Takahashi, Alex Ramirez, Shinnosuke Abe, and Yoshitomo Tani; he topped out at 147km/h; 17 of the 52 pitches he threw were fouled off; he pitched with a 10 minute limit.

And some comments from some of the players that faced Sawamura during BP yetesrday

Ogasawara - "He throws good pitches.  I think he had life on his pitches."

Takahashi - "He throws hard.  I couldn't the ball very far."

Ramirez - "He's got velocity.  He was maybe throwing 150km/h.  He's also throws a fast slider. ... He still needs to work on his control though."

Abe - "I think his low pitches are pretty, I felt that way when I caught him.  He just needs to continue working on that. ... He was unreserved and had his own rhythm. ... But don't write he pitched well.  After all, it was as a BP pitcher."


Daisuke Ochi and Tetsuya Yamaguchi also tossed lunchtime BP yesterday: Ochi threw 45 pitches (all fastballs) and allowed 5 could-be hits; Yamaguchi threw 43 pitches and allowed 11 could-be hits.


Taishi Ota stayed back for about an hour of extra BP yesterday.


Dicky Gonzalez threw 62 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  He was also advised to work on the accuracy of throwing his fastball high in order to make better use of his slider.