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Softbank Hawks Pre-season News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 8:31 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Yesterday's practice game against the KIA Tigers:

Tadashi Settsu threw a total 29 pitches and hit 140+km/h on 2 pitches.

Nobuhiko Matsunaka was the starting DH and batted 4th.  He went 0-for-2 in 3 trips to the plate.

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Even though the Hawks had the day off today.  Toshiya Sugiuchi and Munenori Kawasaki dropped by Yahoo Dome to organized their things (no practicing).

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Since the players only had about 30 minutes to get ready for the team bus after their practice game against KIA, they could not hold an official closing ceremony.  There were, however, some players that got together to hold their own mini-ceremonies.

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The Hawks will be making a decision on the four foreign players that took tryouts with the team during spring camp -- 23-year-old OF Josh Short; 24-year-old INF / OF Landon Camp; 24-year-old OF Joshua Roberts; and 25-year-old OF Edgardo Baez.  Of the four, it appears Baez might have a good shot.

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Sadaharu Oh had a busy day yesterday, going back and forth between the Ichi-gun and Ni-gun practice grounds 5 times.