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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 19, 2011

by on Feb.19, 2011 @ 5:42 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 Buffaloes, 2-1.

Yuki Nishi started the game and did not allow a run over 3 innings and held the Lions to just 1 hit.

The Buffaloes had a chance to score some runs in the 3rd inning when Masato Fukae (5th round) stepped into the batter's box with runners on first and third and 1 out.  Unfortunately, Fukae couldn't capitalize on the opportunity and wrapped into a double play to end the inning.

Seung-Yeop Lee went 1-for-3 in the game.  His hit was a double that came in his third at bat in the 7th inning.

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Chihiro Kaneko started his rehab today at Miyakojima Stadium.  A team spokesperson told reporters that while there isn't a lot Kaneko can do right now, he'll work on doing whatever he can.  Kaneko returned to Miyakojima yesterday.

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Akinobu Okada told reporters yesterday that he'll use Seung-Yeop Lee during practice games against Samsung Lions today and the Yomiuri Giants on the 22nd (Lee has played for both teams).  He also said that Takahiro Okada will play in all four practice games.  Akinobu Okada also added that he doesn't care of T-Okada doesn't hit any homers before the start of the regular season, so long as he hits them during the regular season.