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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 18, 2011

by on Feb.18, 2011 @ 5:18 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's intra-squad game:

The whites beat the reds, 3-1.

Takashi Kawaii start the game for the reds and gave up 3 runs (including 2 on a 2-run homer) over 2 innings of work.

Kohei Hasebe entered the game in the 5th and tossed 2 perfect innings for the red team.  He also struck out 3.

Manabu Mima (2nd round) entered the game in the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief; he also gave up a hit and struck out one.

Both Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura ended the day without hits -- Matsui started at short and batted 2nd: foul out to first, strikeout, foul out to first; and Iwamura started at third and batted 5th: fly out to center, ground out to the pitcher.

Yosuke Takasu was the starting DH and batted 5th for the red team.  He went 2-for-3 and was later promoted to Ichi-gun.

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Teppei was named team captain today.

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Akihisa Makida started complaining of right shoulder tightness during practice on the 15th and had been working under a separate training menu since.  And because things haven't gotten much better, the team decided to have doctors check out the shoulder today.

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Koji Aoyama is working on a fork that Hisashi Iwakuma taught him.  His reason for picking up the new pitch: 1) while the new NPB baseball seems to have helped him add more movement to his shuto, it hasn't really done much for the slider he relied on when he needed a pitch with some downward movement and the fork makes up for that; 2) he wanted to increase his arsenal of pitches because he'd like to make his way into the starting rotation.

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Senichi Hoshino told reporters yesterday that he'd like to try put together his best starting line-up for their exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants on the 20th.  That includes having Kazuo Matsui and Akinori Iwamura in the line-up.  And at this point, it seems former Yomiuri Giant Masafumi Togano will get the start.

Hoshino also doesn't plans to schedule any days off between 2/22 and 3/21.  He might even have players practice on travel days, if there's enough time.