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Yokohama Bay Stars Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 1:49 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

===== 2/13 @ 9:57pm

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Kuan-Yu Chen today.  Yokohama signed the 20-year-old LHP to a 3-year deal worth 6M yen (plus a 20M yen signing bonus).  He was also assigned the number 53.


Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and Shuichi Murata took BP for about 25 minutes in the afternoon today -- Tsutsugo hit 22 over the fence and Murata hit 9 over the fence.

===== 2/13 @ 1:49pm

Yesterday's intra-squad practice game:

Takayuki Kajitani started at short and batted 9th.  He went 1-for-2 with the bat and also showed some solid glovework in the field -- with runners on second and third with 1 out in the 2nd, he made a diving grab on a ball between third and short; he also made a nice play in the 6th with a runner on third and no out.  Kajitani also had a problem with his belt breaking partway through the game.


Sho Aranami (3rd round) has batted lead-off in two intra-squad games and has collected hits in his first at bat in each of those games.

Aranami - "The last time I hit a fastball, this time I was able to make good contact on a slider.  I hit the ball with the end of the bat, but felt that if it got by the fielders, I could make it a triple. ... I always consider my first at bat, the first pitch I see, very important.  I'm always ready for it.  Now I need to work on extending this out to the rest of my at bats."