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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 2:18 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's practice game against the Hanshin Tigers:

The Swallows beat the Tigers, 5-0.

Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi started the game and tossed two perfect innings (3 ground ball outs, 3 fly ball outs).

Tony Barnette threw 2 shutout innings while giving up a hit and a walk; he also struck out 2.

Yuki Shichijo (2nd round) also tossed two perfect innings and struck out one.  He was the second pitcher used in relief.

Minoru Yamagishi entered the game in relief as the last pitcher out of the bullpen and threw 3 shutout innings while giving up 2 hits and 2 walks; he also struck out 3.

Hiroyasu Tanaka started at second and batted 2nd.  He went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI (2-run double in the 5th).

Keizo Kawashima started at third and batted 7th.  He went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI (2-run triple in the 6th).

Osamu Hamanaka started in left and batted 4th.  He struck out looking in his first at bat, grounded into a double play in his second at bat, and hit a double to left in his third at bat.


Kosuke Matsui, Yosuhiro Ichiba, Shun Takaichi, and Rafael Fernandes will be joining the Ichi-gun group for practice today.


Norichika Aoki was scheduled to take part in lunchtime BP yesterday but canceled after he felt a little tightness in his right shoulder.

Aoki - "I got a shot to make it easier for me to move my shoulder.  It isn't very good to move the shoulder too much a day after getting the shot[, so I canceled my BP today]."


Ryo Hirai is drawing comparisons* to Kenta Maeda.

Chunichi scout Shingo Maeda - "He has a feel that's similar to Maeda (HIR).  Even when batters were waiting for the fastball, he still managed to get in on them.  If it's as a reliever, he's ready for Ichi-gun."

Nikkan Sports is carrying a slightly different quote from the Dragons' scout - "He looks like a Meada (HIR) or a [Daisuke] Ochi (YOM).  He has an aura that says he could probably hold his own as a starter or a 1-inning reliever."

* it could also have something to do with the fact that he using the same type of delivery Maeda uses -- he tried copying it at one point and found that it worked for him.