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CL News and Notes: January 3, 2012

by on Jan.04, 2012 @ 4:19 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Masahiko Morino, Takehiro Donoue, and Naomichi Donoue took off for Guam on Tuesday.

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1st round draft pick Shuhei Takahashi worked out for about three hours in Fujisawa, Kanagawa on Monday.  Takahashi has been working on his hitting during the winter and has already broken all six of the bats he received from Mizuno about three weeks ago.

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Takuya Asao took part in a New Year talk session in Anjo, Aichi on Tuesday.

Asao has plans to workout with Kenichi Nakata, Soma Yamauchi, and Junki Ito in Guam later this month.

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Kazuki Yoshimi's goal is to win 20 games this year.  If he manages it, he would be the first pitcher in the CL to reach the milestone since Kei Igawa in 2003 and the first pitcher in franchise history since Takashi Nishimoto in 1989.

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows are planning to increase the members on their cheer-leading squad from about six per game to twelve this season.  The squad will also be wearing "sexier" uniforms.

Yomiuri Giants

Shinnosuke Abe, Taishi Ota, Daisuke Fujimura, Genki Kawano, and Hisayoshi Chono took off for Guam out of Narita Airport on Tuesday.

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Tatsunori Hara's team goals for this season: hold the opposition to three or fewer runs and average four or more runs per game.

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Former beach soccer player Yoshihito Sato is currently working out with Tetsuya Utsumi.

Hanshin Tigers

3rd round draft pick Naoto Nishida worked out at his alma mater Kashiwara Junior High School in Osaka on Tuesday.

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1st round draft pick Hayata Ito's Junior High principal posted about twenty fliers at various bulletin boards in the area, informing everyone that Ito was going to be working out at the school grounds.  Ito's Junior High principal apparently wanted everyone in town to get involved in supporting the rookie.

Hiroshima Carp

Kenjiro Nomura told reporters this was going to be an important year for him because it will be his third year as manager and results will be expected.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata managed to spend the New Years with all eight of his siblings for the first time in 40 years -- Nakahata is the fourth eldest male and the eighth child born.

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Nakahata told reporters on Monday that he thought creating specialists in various areas (like running, fielding, hitting) might not be a bad idea.