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Softbank Hawks: January 15, 2012

by on Jan.15, 2012 @ 9:35 pm, under NPB

Kenji Otonari and Katsuki Yamazaki participated in a talk session at Fukuoka Boat on Sunday.

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Mu-Young Kim tossed 15 pitches in the bullpen today.  Kim spent about two months playing winter ball in Puerto Rico beginning in late October 2011.

5-1, 2.18 ERA, 8 G, 8 GS, 41.1 IP, 39 H, 13 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 13 BB, 25 SO

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Kazuyuki Hoashi worked out at Yamaga Municipal Baseball Field in Kumamoto on Saturday and told reporters he looked forward to facing his old team, particularly Hiroyuki Nakajima (since this season could be his last chance to face him).

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1st round draft pick Shota Takeda feels some of the skills he picked up while playing Shogi will help him with his pitching.

5th round draft pick Shinya Kayama showed an off-speed pitch he learned to throw on his own during a bullpen session today.  Said Kayama, "I do not know where it will go. ... I can get strikeouts with this pitch, but getting ahead might be difficult.  It will make things easier if I can use this pitch effectively."