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Chiba Lotte Marines Spring Camp News and Notes: February 17, 2011

by on Feb.17, 2011 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yesterday's intra-squad game:

Yuta Omine threw two shutout innings for the reds (entered the game in the 3rd) while walking 1 and allowing 1 hit.  He only managed to start 1 of 8 batters he faced with a strike.

Takashi Ogino started at short and batted 2nd for the white team.  He struggled a bit on defense: in the 4th, he made a fielding error on a grounder between third and short (hit by Ishimine); and in the 8th, he bounced a throw to first on a routine grounder hit by Tae-Kyun Kim.  Seems the throwing problems might be related to his knee not being 100% yet (Ogino told reporters it was around 85%).

Shota Koike (4th round) was the starting DH and batted 10th.  His infield single in the last scheduled inning (8th), with runners on first and third with 1 out, won the game for the whites.  The hit came off Tetsuya Yamamoto.

Shota Ishimine (1st round) started in right and batted 2nd for the reds.  He went 0-for-2 at the plate (reached base twice on an error and walk), but made a nice play on a line drive in the 3rd inning of the bat of Koike and also stole a base in the 7th.

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Makoto Imaoka spent time taking BP in the cages today and told reporters that his back was feeling fine.

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Yuta Omine threw 70 pitches in the bullpen today.  Omine wasn't planning on throwing quite as much, but kept on going because he had a good feel for the ball.  Regarding his outing yesterday, Omine said that he was throwing with his upper body too much.

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Hayden Penn threw 102 pitches in the bullpen today.  He apparently showed better control than during his situational BP outing on the 15th (previous reports mentioned he walked 3 of 6 batters, Nikkan Sports claims 4 of 6).