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Yomiuri Giants Spring Camp News and Notes: February 25, 2011

by on Feb.25, 2011 @ 2:33 pm, under NPB

This post will be updated throughout the day.

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The Ni-gun roster has the day off today.

===== 2/25 @ 9:27pm

Kentaro Nishimura threw 39 pitches during BP today and allowed 4 could-be hits.

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Tetsuya Utsumi threw 43 pitches during BP today and allowed 3 could-be hits.

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Rusty Ryal took BP today (soft-toss, live pitching) with an exercise ball sandwiched between his knees.

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Tatsunori Hara gave Matsumoto pointers on how to hit without taking a big step into the ball.

Matsumoto - "My head doesn't bob around because I'm not taking a big step into the ball.  That means I can watch the ball closely.  I'm planning on trying a number of things [to get out of my current funk]."

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The pitchers held a meet-and-greet with fans after practice today.

===== 2/25 @ 2:33pm

The Giants drew 11,000 fans yesterday.

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Pitching coach Kazuhisa Kawaguchi pointed to three things Hirokazu Sawamura (1st round) did well during his 2-inning outing against the Hanwha Eagles yesterday: 1) being able to make a quick adjustments, particularly after giving up back-to-back hits (single and a double) to the first two batters he faced; 2) mixing speeds; and 3) getting ahead in the count.

Sawamura threw a total 32 pitches yesterday -- 21 pitches in the 4th and 11 pitches in the 5th.

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The Giants wanted to see how Hayato Sakamoto would do batting out of the 2-hole, but there plan isn't working out to well because their lead-off batter, Tetsuya Matsumoto, hasn't done a very good job of getting on base -- 0-for-14 through four non-intra-squad games.

So while the Giants would ultimately like to see Matsumoto batting lead-off with Sakamoto hitting behind him, they may end up swapping the two batters to see if they can get something going.

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After yesterday's practice game against Hanwha, Alex Ramirez tried to dance the Eisa.  Ramirez is still looking for ideas for his 2011 HR jig.