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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 24, 2011

by on Feb.24, 2011 @ 5:14 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's practice game against the Hanwha Eagles:

Giants lost the game, 3-2.

Brian Bannister started the game and threw 3 shutout innings.

Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) entered the game in the 4th and tossed 2 shutout innings while allowing 2 hits.  He also topped out at 149km/h and struck out 4.

1st inning - single to center, double to right, strikeout swinging (off-speed pitch), strikeout swinging (fastball), fly out to left.

2nd inning - strikeout swinging (off-speed pitch), strikeout looking, foul out to first.

Jonathan Albaladejo gave up 3 runs over 2 innings of work.

Tetsuya Yamaguchi pitched a shutout inning and gave up 1 hit and struck out 2.

Levi Romero entered the game in the 9th and did not allow a run.

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Hirokazu Sawamura ran for about 40 minutes during his day off yesterday.  He also did some shadow pitching at night.

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Upcoming starting pitching schedule:

2/26 - vs Yokohama (Naha) - Dickey Gonzalez

2/27 - vs Yakult (Naha) - Carlos Torres

3/2 - vs Seibu (Tokyo Dome) - Sawamura

3/3 - vs Seibu (Tokyo Dome) - Shun Tono

Tatsunori Hara wants to have a good idea of what the rotation is going to be like by 3/3.  That means there's a limited amount of time for pitchers to show they're capable of being in the rotation.  Seth Greisinger, Brian Bannister, Gonzalez, and Torres will also need to turn it up a notch as the Giants will probably only carry 2 foreign pitchers.