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Yakult Swallows Spring Camp News and Notes: February 20, 2011

by on Feb.20, 2011 @ 4:14 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's practice game against the Nippon Ham Fighters was canceled due to the rain.

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Yesterday's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars:

Kyohei Muranaka threw a total 34 pitches.  He also threw his new change-up 7 times.

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Yasuhiro Ichiba threw 202 pitches in the bullpen today.

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Norichika Aoki stayed back after extra BP yesterday and swung the bat 163 times and hit 103 could-be hits, including 12 that went over the fence.

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Players like Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, Yasushi Ihara, and Osamu Hamanaka are competing for the everyday LF job.  Unless of course something happens to Shinya Miyamoto (third base; Hatakeyama) or Wladimir Balentien (right field; Ihara or Hamanaka).

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The Swallows will be donating a total 600,000 yen to the Miyu Kaname Fund.  The donation includes money from ticket sales made during yesterday's practice game against the Yokohama Bay Stars and a contribution from the club.