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Hiroshima Carp Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 4:16 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Carp have the day off today.

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Takahiko Aoki, Hirofumi Ueno, and Takayuki Oshima did some light workouts during the team's day off today.  All three pitchers are expected to make appearances during tomorrow's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.

Aoki will probably need to have a strong outing tomorrow (if he wants to stick around with the Ichi-gun group), especially after he gave up 7 runs over 2 innings during a practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on 2/12.

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Takeru Imamura will be getting the exhibition game start against the Yomiuri Giants tomorrow.

Imamura - "I'm looking forward to pitching against such a strong team.  I really want to shut them down. ... I'll attack the inside corners.  I want to know how aggressively I can pitch.  And if I can get the inside corners, then it'll give me more room the breath on the outsider corners. ... It's about the results.  I was put put up a string of 0s on the scoreboard.  And I want to go for strikeouts when I can."

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Giancarlo Alvarado threw 128 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  He also got tips on how to throw the fork from special temporary pitching coach Hideo Nomo.