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CL News and Notes: January 19, 2012

by on Jan.20, 2012 @ 12:15 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama hit baseballs out to 3rd round draft pick Wataru Hiyane during practices today.

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Katsuki Akagawa told reporters he would like to be a guest character on Doraemon, or at least become a player good enough to be considered. He also said he thought he looked more like Winnie the Pooh than Gian from Doraemon.

Akagawa also picked up some pointers on how to throw the change from Tsuyoshi Wada and Hiroki Yamada during his workouts with them.

Hiroshima Carp

Ren Nakata dropped around four kilograms by running about ten kilometers everyday.  He know weighs around 96kg.

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Jumpei Shinoda has been visiting former Carp Tsunemi Tsuda's gave since he was drafted in 2007.  Their connection: the uniform number 14.

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata told reporters he thought fielding drills were one-on-one battles between the person hitting the baseballs and the player fielding them.  He also said that he will not mind if players start ragging on him during sessions, so long as they are also prepared to work even harder during the sessions.