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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 23, 2011

by on Feb.23, 2011 @ 11:30 am, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.


The Ichi-gun roster has the day off today.

===== 2/24 @ 2:08pm

Hayato Sakamoto worked out on his day off today (including running).  He also took part in a photo shoot for adidas.  After that, he jogged the distance back to the team hotel.


Club rep Hidetoshi Kiyotake and Yoshinobu Takahashi visited Heiwakinen Park today.


Ryota Wakiya and Hisayoshi Chono visited DFS Galleria Okinawa during their day off today for an event commemorating the Giants' spring camp in Naha this year.  The two players also held an autograph session for the first 30 fans that arrived.

===== 2/23 @ 11:30am

Yesterday's practice game against the Orix Buffaloes (Ichi-gun):

The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Shun Tono gave up 3 runs on 4 hits over 3 innings of work.  All 3 runs came on a 3-run homer by Seung-Yeop Lee.

Yoshiyuki Kamei started in center and went 0-for-4.

The Giants had a bit of a scare in the 4th: Masato Fukae (ORI, 5th round) dropped a bunt down the third base line.  Rusty Ryal fielded the ball and made a wide (and low) throw to first (on the home plate side) that Michihiro Ogasawara tried to glove (left hand).  But as Ogasawara stretched out, Fukae ran into his glove.  Ogasawara went down in pain and was removed from the game.  He later told reporters after the game that he was feeling alright and that he would see how things felt today.

Yesterday's practice game against the Yakult Swallows (Ni-gun):

The Swallows beat the Giants, 4-3.


Yoshiyuki Kamei may have a shot at winning the starting job in center, especially if Tetsuya Matsumoto continues to struggle at the plate.

Said Tatsunori Hara, "I don't get the feeling that Matsumoto will start hitting soon.  That means there's a chance for Kamei."