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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 22, 2011

by on Feb.22, 2011 @ 2:45 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


Today's practice game against the Orix Buffaloes:

Tetsuya Utsumi started the game and did not allow a run over 3 innings of work.  He did give up 2 hits and topped out at 142km/h.

Shugo Fujii did not allow a run over 2 innings of work.

Daisuke Ochi was the fourth pitcher on record and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He ran into some problems by loading the bases with no out, but finished strong by striking out the side.

With the Giants down 3-1 in the 9th, Taishi Ota hit a 2-run homer to left off Masato NishikawaAlex Ramirez (starting DH, batting 4th) accounted for the other run -- a solo shot to left in the 4th off Masayuki Hasegawa.

Daijiro Tanaka entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 9th and hit a double; he was the runner on base when Ota hit his 2-run homer.

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Sawamura did not toss a bullpen session today since he already pitched on both the 20th and 21st.

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Alex Ramirez took 72 swings during lunchtime BP and hit 7 over the fence.  Ramirez fouled a pitch off his left knee during an exhibition game against the Hiroshima Carp on Saturday.  He ended up missing Sunday's exhibition game against the Rakuten Eagles but didn't seem to have any problems swinging the bat yesterday.


Tatsunori Hara hit over 400 grounders to Hayato Sakamoto and Daisuke Fujimura yesterday.


Owner Takuo Takihana had a chance to watch Hirokazu Sawamura's (1st round) 60-pitch bullpen session yesterday.