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Chunichi Dragons Spring Camp News and Notes: February 15, 2011

by on Feb.15, 2011 @ 8:12 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's practice game against the Samsung Lions:

The Lions beat the Dragons, 16-4.

Kenta Asakura started the game and gave up a run on 1 hit (a homer) over 2 innings of work.

Akihiro Maeda hit a solo homer to left in the 5th with 2 out and the Dragons down 10-0.

Felix Carrasco hit a 2-run homer to right in the 6th.

Tony Blanco started in right and hit a solo homer to left in the 9th.

Before the game, Samsung pitching coach and Eiji Ochiai spent some time exchanging greetings with his former team.  Ochiai was a pitcher in the Dragons organization between 1992 and 2006.

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Wei-Ying Chen threw 80 pitches in the bullpen today.

Chen - "My leg is now completely fine.  I think I had one of my best sessions so far during spring camp.  But I'm still not throwing very hard.  And I'm still not satisfied with my feel for the ball."

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Maximo Nelson spent about an 1.5 throwing 222 pitches in the bullpen today.

Nelson - "This is the first time I've thrown so much.  I want to master throwing while keeping my left shoulder closed.  Opening day starter?  If I can have the chance, I'd certainly love to."