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===== 2/13 @ 8:35pm
Around 5,200 fans were on hand to catch a glimpse of Saito pitch today.
Saito threw a total 14 pitches in his outing. His next outing could come in a practice game against the Yakult Swallows on the 20th (maybe 2 innings).
===== 2/13 @ 4:20pm
The first pitch he threw was an fastball on the outside corner for a strike.
First batter went to a full count before striking out swinging on a slider.
Second batter also went to a full count before grounding out to short on a fastball.
Third batter grounded out to second on a 1-0 fastball.
===== 2/13 @ 2:22pm
Saito entered the game in the 4th inning against Samsung and retired the side in order: strikeout swinging, ground out to short, ground out to second.
===== 2/13 @ 12:44pm
Saito arrived at the stadium an hour later than usual today (10am). He told reporters he had a meeting last night with Shinya Tsuruoka to talk about strategy.
Saito - "I told him I'd like to throw a lot of fastballs. [It's only a 1 inning outing] but I want to try and throw as many pitches as possible."
===== 2/13 @ 7:20am
The Fighters will be beefing up security today; from their usual 12 up to 27.
Today's scheduled outing will be Saito's first game since 11/18/2010.
Saito told reporters yesterday that he'll stick primarily to fastballs (while mixing curves) during his outing and that his first pitch will probably be a fastball. When asked where he was in terms of being ready for regular season games (on a scale of 1-10), Saito said he was probably around a 7 and that the remaining 3 were dependent on him getting more outings during practice games and situational / simulated outings.
Saito is also planning on checking on the following three things during his outing:
Verify quality of fastball - "I don't care about swinging strikes. I want to be able to throw the ball easy. And pitches that are fouled back can usually say a lot about how good a fastball is."
Batter reactions - "I want to see what happens when [batters] foul pitches off or what happens when they get jammed. I also want to take in the environment."
Control - "I want to focus on my control and throw the pitches where I need to."