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CL News and Notes: Kenta Maeda struggles a little with the new NPB baseball

by on Mar.03, 2011 @ 2:36 pm, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Yoshinori Sato threw 104 pitches last night, 29 of which hit 150km/h or faster on the radar gun.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda struggled with his control in the first (he walked 3 batters in one inning for the first time since turning pro; he also needed 38 pitches to get out of the inning) but managed to settle down in the second (retired the side in order).  Seems part of the problem had to do with the new baseball -- he had a hard time getting used to the new baseballs each time they were swapped out (something you normally don't think about working on during bullpen sessions).

Maeda also threw 15 fork balls yesterday (out of a total 51).

Yokohama Bay Stars

Takao Obana would like to decide on his opening day starter about 10 days before the start of the regular season.   The possibilities include Naoyuki Shimizu, Tomokazu Oka, and Shogo Yamamoto.