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CL News and Notes: November 28, 2011

by on Nov.29, 2011 @ 12:48 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi told reporters on Sunday that he wanted to give younger players more opportunities to play.  That could mean more intra-squad/practice games during the first half of spring camp next year.

He also said that he planned on hitting a lot of grounders during spring camp.

"Hitting grounds can be a lot of fun.  Especially when it comes to pushing players.  I am good at it and can hit 1,000," said Takagi.

He continued, "I need to get players like [Masahiko] Morino moving by hitting grounders to him.  He did not have that kind of physique when he was younger.  Moving your legs is really important.  If you can move your feet, you can improve your balance."

Regarding days off during spring camp, Takagi said players would have Mondays off.

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Takagi told reporters on Sunday that he wanted the team to go after Takeshi Yamasaki.

Hanshin Tigers

While Yutaka Wada plans on having a number of pitchers competing for the 2012 opening day start, Atsushi Nomi may be the frontrunner.

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Now that Daiki Enokida knows he will be used in relief again next season, he will look to Takuya Asao for inspiration.  He has also set three goals for the 2012 season: 1) decrease the number of pitches he throws -- Asao averaged about 14.7 pitches an inning while Enokida averaged about 17.6; 2) hit the insider corners with the shutout against left-handed batters -- right-handed batters were 25-for-133 (.188) against Enokida while left-handed batters were 18-for-81 (.222); and 3) improve strengthening and conditioning -- running (drop 4kg to 86kg), trunk strengthening exercises, and weights.

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The Tigers will be holding practices for Ikusei players at Naruohama between 12/1 and 12/21.  While players on the 70-man rosters can not be coached directly during December and January, Ikusei players are not included.

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The Tigers are hoping to play two exhibition games against the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics on 3/25 and 3/26 at Tokyo Dome.

Yomiuri Giants

The media learned on Sunday that 27-year-old Tomoya Inzen filed marriage papers with a 32-year-old former actress named Mayumi Fukuda on 11/25.  The two started seeing each other on 8/27/2010 and Inzen proposed to Fukuda on their one-year anniversary.

Yakult Swallows

Recently signed players Kenta Abe and Tatsuo Kinoshita worked out at the Ni-gun training facilities in Toda, Saitama on Monday.

The team also decided to cut fall practices at Toda short -- from 11/30 to 11/29.

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp announced that they re-signed two Ikusei players to Ikusei deals on Monday: 27-year-old Tsubasa Nakatani and 22-year-old Ken Nishimura.