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Softbank Hawks: January 24, 2012

by on Jan.24, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

The Hawks held a press conference for Keisuke Kaneko at Yahoo Dome today.  He was also assigned the number four.

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Nobuhiro Matsuda worked out at the Saitozaki training facilities today.  Matsuda is aiming for 30 homers and 30 stolen bases this year.

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Pitching coach Ikuo Takayama told reporters on Monday that there was a good chance that the opening day start would come down to either Tadashi Settsu or Kazuyuki Hoashi.

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Ayatsugu Yamashita worked out with Tsuyoshi Wada this winter and managed to raise his weight from 79kg to about 86kg.

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Koji Akiyama could have 1st round draft pick Shota Takeda start things off at Ichi-gun spring camp.  Takeda has yet to toss a bullpen session and told reporters that he needed a little more time to stretch his body out before he does.