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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 13, 2011

by on Feb.13, 2011 @ 7:03 am, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 5-0 (7 innings).

Takahiko Nomaguchi started the game for the reds and did not allow a run over 2 innings of work.  He also gave up 2 hits and struck out 2.

Jumpei Ono entered the game in the 3rd and tossed 3 perfect innings in relief for the reds.

Tetsuya Matsumoto started in center and batted 1st for the whites.  He went 1-for-3.

Yoshiyuki Kamei started at third and batted 4th for the whites.  He went 0-for-4.

Yesterday's Ni-gun intra-squad game:

The reds beat the whites, 2-0 (6 innings).

Taishi Ota was a starting third baseman and batted 4th for the red team; he went 2-for-3 with a stolen base.

Atsushi Nakazato tossed an inning of relief (4th inning) for the whites and struck out the side.

===== 2/13 @ 9:21pm

The Giants drew over 30,000 fans today.

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Seth Greisinger faced Ryuichi Kajimae, Itaru Hashimoto, and Taishi Ota during BP today and threw 38 pitches while giving in 2 could-be hits.  This was Greisinger's first appearance as a BP pitcher this spring.

===== 2/13 @ 4:16pm

Carlos Torres faced Rusty Ryal, Yoshiyuki Kamei, and Shigeyuki Furuki during BP today and threw 48 pitches while giving 8 could-be hits.  This was Torres' second BP outing since the start of spring camp.

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Brian Bannister faced Takahito Kudo, Toshimasa Konta, and Kenji Yano during BP today and threw 41 pitches while giving up 1 could-be hit.

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Shun Tono threw 91 pitches in the bullpen today.  He also mixed in his fork.

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Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) threw 37 pitches in the bullpen today, including 4 forkballs.  This was Swamura's 5th bullpen this spring.

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General pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi told reporters that Shinnosuke Abe will be Sawamura's catcher during his intra-squad appearance on the 15th.

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Tetsuya Utsumi apparently got some ideas on how to tweak his delivery by watching ice skaters doing jumps.

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Taichi Tanaka (3rd round) has not tossed a bullpen session yet, but told reporters today that he was thinking about throwing one soon.

===== 2/13 @ 7:03am

Ota is scheduled to start at third and bat 4th during today's Ichi-gun intra-squad game.

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Jonathan Albaladejo faced Takahito Kudo and Rusty Ryal during BP yesterday and threw 32 pitches while giving up 2 could-be hits.  19 of the 32 pitches Albaladejo threw were called balls and both could-be hits came of Kudo's bat.