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PL News and Notes: December 25, 2011

by on Dec.26, 2011 @ 1:20 am, under NPB

Softbank Hawks

Masahiko Morifuku participated in a parade along the Nishijin Shopping Area in Fukuoka on Sunday.  He also took part in a talk session after the parade.

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Yuya Hasegawa worked out at Yahoo Dome on Sunday.  He will be training at the Saitozaki faculties in January.

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Yuichi Honda was given the Onojo, Fukuoka Citizen's Sports Award on Saturday.

Seibu Lions

Ryoma Nogami and Tatsuya Oishi took part in a baseball clinic for about 180 kids in Dazaifu, Fukuoka on Sunday.

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Kazuhisa Makita is planning to make minor modifications to his delivery (particularly in how far he brings his arm back) -- he spotted a potential problem while checking over footage where he might be accidentally communicating the type of pitch he was going to throw.

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Yusei Kikuchi is scheduled to workout with Kazuhisa Ishii and Takayuki Kishi in Hawaii in January.

Chiba Lotte Marines

Yoshihiro Ito's goal for 2012 is to pitch in at least 50 games.  If he makes it, he will become just the fourth pitcher in NPB history to record at least five consecutive seasons of 50 or more appearances, beginning with his rookie year.

Nippon Ham Fighters

Kensuke Tanaka is excited about using the training equipment (the same kind Ichiro Suzuki is known to use that does not focus on adding muscle, but rather helps improve overall conditioning and flexibility) he ordered back in August that cost over 6M yen.

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Kazuya Murata visited Miyagi on Saturday and held a baseball clinic for four youth baseball teams (total 58 players) from the Ishinomaki region.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada told reporters on Saturday that he was thinking about playing Dae-Ho Lee in as many games during spring camp as possible in order to help him adjust to pitchers in Japan.  Lee has also apparently started working out (about two weeks earlier than usual), studying Japanese, and will accompany his former team (KBO Lotte) to Saipan on 1/10/2012 for training.

Rakuten Eagles

Masahiro Tanaka worked out at Kleenex Stadium on Sunday.