Welcome to Yakyubaka.com

Rakuten Eagles: Kensuke Uchimura gets hitched

by on Jan.11, 2012 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB

The Eagles announced that Kensuke Uchimura (25) filed marriage papers with a 23-year-old woman named Chisato today.  The two started dating in the fall of 2009 and started living together in Sendai last spring.

===

Hiroshi Katayama worked out for about two hours at Kleenex Stadium today (playing catch, fielding practice).  He later told reporters that he wanted to break the franchise record of 66 starts in one season (set by Kanehisa Arime in 2008).

===

Kenji Tomura has been working on a two-seamer, fork, and cutter this winter and told reporters on Tuesday that he felt he was getting a good feel for the pitches, particularly the fork, which is modeled after Masahiro Tanaka's splitter.

===

Batting coach Hiromoto Okubo gave Akihisa Makida two bats to practice with this winter.  Both are heavier than the bat he used last year (up 60 grams to 960 grams) and come in two lengths, 33.5 inches and 34 inches.  Makida ultimately hopes to settle on a bat that is around 930 grams for the 2012 season.

===

Ikusei pitcher Kengo Kimura has been working on strengthening his trunk muscles since the fall and told reporters on Tuesday that he is slowly beginning to feel a change in the way he pitches.