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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 1:33 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Hitoki Iwase faced Hirokasu Ibata during a 1-on-1 match-up today and threw 52 pitches while giving up 4 could-be hits.

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Ikusei pitcher Tatsuo Kinoshita threw 150 pitches in the bullpen today.  Kinoshita started spring camp at Ni-gun but was called up to Ichi-gun camp on 2/8 (start of the second block of camp).  He also got a chance to toss situational BP on the 12th.

Kinoshita  - "There was a part of me that was really surprised when they called me up to Ichi-gun.  But I'm beginning to see things I need to work on and I've been able to throw the way I wanted to throw.  I just want to keep working hard."

===== 2/13 @ 1:33pm

Joel Guzman could be the Dragons' new number 6 hitter -- batting behind the 3, 4, 5 of Masahiko Morino, Kazuhiro Wada, and Tony Blanco.

During situational BP yesterday, Guzman showed a side of him that was the complete opposite of what he showed the day before when he drilled a homer out of the stadium: in his first at bat, with a 2-2 count on him, Daisuke Yamai threw a pitch low and to the outside corner that Guzman served to the opposite field.

Guzman - "I have never once thought about pulling every pitch in order to hit home runs.  It's all about making contact with the pitch.  I'm always trying to keep my swing compact."

Yomiuri Giants' advance scout Koichi Misawa impression of Guzman - "He has power but he also not the type to go fishing when he's behind in the count.  Right now, I can spot any weaknesses.  He's a tough batter. ... I wouldn't want to see him batting 6th.  It's going to be a high-powered line-up."

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Yuta Muto (3rd round) faced 8 batters during situational BP yesterday and allowed two hits while holding Morino and Blanco and infield fly balls.

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Doala told reporters yesterday that he doesn't plan on letting Yuki Saito (HAM, 1st round) steal all the headlines.

"Saito may have been involved in most of the buzz during the first half of spring camp, but I've been popular longer than he has," said Doala.