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Orix Buffaloes close out their spring camp in Kochi

by on Mar.03, 2011 @ 2:58 pm, under NPB

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Chan Ho Park is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game on the 5th (vs Chunichi).  During practice today, he tossed a bullpen session and worked on pitching out of the set position (he has been called for balks a couple of times and is working on making the necessary adjustments).

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The Buffaloes announced today that Sawai Pharmaceuticals will be a sponsoring Let's make Osaka healthy! Saiwa Pharmaceuticals Day (大阪をもっと元気に! 沢井製薬デー) on 4/2 (vs Rakuten at Kyocera Dome).  They will also be giving away 30 pairs of tickets (a child and a parent / guardian) as part of a Buffaloes' Practice and Baseball Game Tour giveaway.  And one random child from the 30 will be selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

===== 3/3 @ 2:58pm

The Buffaloes closed out their spring camp in Kochi today.  The team will travel back to Osaka by plane later today.

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Akinobu Okada named Keiji Obiki and Yuki Nishi as MVPs of spring camp.  Okada is counting on both players to step up this season -- Obiki at short and Nishi as a member of a pitching staff that will be sans Chihiro Kaneko and Kazuki Kondo for the start of the regular season.

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Keisuke Kaneko was able to get through parts of the practice schedule today.

Said Kaneko, "I'm ok.  I was able to do a little running and I was able to play some catch."

Kaneko will be with the team when they play two games against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome on 3/5 and 3/6.

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Hiroshi Kisanuki plans on continuing to be aggressive inside to batters.  He hit 13 batters last year, tops in the PL.