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CL News and Notes: December 26, 2011

by on Dec.27, 2011 @ 1:55 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Morimichi Takagi wants Masahiro Yamamoto (46) to start the season at Ichi-gun spring camp next year.

Takeshi Yamasaki (43) is also scheduled to start things off at Ichi-gun spring camp.

FYI: Under former manager Hiromitsu Ochiai, some veterans were allowed to start things off at their own pace by beginning at Ni-gun spring camp.

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The Donoue brothers (Takehiro and Naomichi) will be working out with Masahiko Morino in Guam in January.

Hanshin Tigers

The Tigers announced on Monday that they signed a three-year deal with Mizuno (effective 1/1/2012) -- they will provide the team with things like uniforms and practice wear.  The team uniforms will also be changing and will be unveiled in late-January.

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Yuya Ando threw 101 pitches (primarily fastballs) in the bullpen at Naruohama on Monday.

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Kenji Jojima could turn to biking to practices again during spring camp to help him strengthen his lower body.  A lot will depend on how he is doing when the Tigers check-in on his training sessions in January.

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Atsushi Nomi is scheduled to meet with the Tigers one more time before the end of the year.

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The media learned on Sunday that the Tigers have unofficially decided to retire Tomoaki Kanemoto's number when he decides to leave the game.  The number 6 will become the fourth retired number in franchise history.  The other three: Fumio Fujimura's number 10, Minoru Murayama's number 11, and Yoshio Yoshida's number 23.

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi told reporters on Sunday that he wanted to become the first Yomuiri Giant to picked up a Sawamura Award since Koji Uehara in 2002.  The nine year dry-spell is also the longest in franchise history.

Utsumi is set to hold a "mini training camp" in Guam in January that will include Tetsuya Yamaguchi, Shun Tono, Jumpei OnoHirokazu Sawamura, and Yuki Koyama.

Yakult Swallows

Tatsuyoshi Masubuchi and Tsuyoshi Ueda told reporters on Sunday that they plan to perform zazen training in January.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata revealed Sunday that he plans to invite popular celebrities to home games at Yokohama in order to help get everyone excited about the season.  Celebrities on his list include Shingo Yamagisawa, band Yuzu, actor/singer Toshiyuki Nishida, actor Toshiro Yanagiba, and singer Kohei Otomo.