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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 19, 2011

by on Feb.19, 2011 @ 4:54 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars:

The Swallows beat the Bay Stars, 3-1.

Kyohei Muranaka started the game and did not allow a run over 2 innings of work.  He faced a total 8 batters and gave up 1 hit, 1 walk, and did not strikeout a batter.  He also topped out at 144km/h.

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama started at third and batted 5th.  He hit two doubles and collected 3 RBI.

===== 2/19 @ 10:22pm

Kazuki Fukuchi tweaked his left calf while running the bases during today's practice game and was later diagnosed with a minor calf strain.  He will require at least 2 weeks for a full recovery.

===== 2/19 @ 4:54pm

Special temporary batting coach Tsutomu Wakamatsu's approach to hitting: while using the balls of your feet as a reference point, you move into the swing with your adductor muscles, knees, and your hips / waist.  Wakamatsu also feels that the lower body is the basis for a strong foundation in everything you do in baseball, like fielding, throwing, and running.  And it seems, from his experience, a lot of the younger players aren't paying enough care and attention to developing their lower bodies properly.