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CL News and Notes: January 24, 2012

by on Jan.25, 2012 @ 2:03 am, under NPB

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows held a staff meeting on Tuesday to discuss spring camp schedules, player assignments, and the upcoming season.

They also decided on their 2012 team slogan: POWER OF UNITY ~心をひとつに~ (Power of Unity - Together as One -)

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Hitoshi Yamamoto did two waterfall meditation sessions (four minutes each) on Monday.  The water was under six degrees Celsius.  He also shouted out that he planned to stay healthy enough to remain in the rotation for the entire season and to record double-digit victories.

Yomiuri Giants

General practices at Giants Stadium were canceled on Tuesday due to the snow -- players did workout on their own.

Equipment/luggage for spring camp was also shipped out on Tuesday.

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Shuichi Murata visited Giants Stadium on Tuesday for the first time since joining the team and spent some time working out indoors (there was snow on the field).

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Daisuke Ochi would like to toss around 2,000 pitches during spring camp (double the amount he usually averages), including two 100-pitch bullpen session during the first block.

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Tetsuya Matsumoto showed up at Giants Stadium on Monday and told reporters that his workouts in Gunma lasted five to six hours a day (no breaks for lunch).

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The Giants have high hopes for both Ryosuke Miyaguni (starter) and Yi-Hao Lin (closer).

Hanshin Tigers

Kohei Shibata started his rehab at Naruohama on Tuesday.  Workouts lasted about five hours and included running and fielding practice.

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4th round draft pick Kazuo Ito tossed 31 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  Ito mixed in his curve and slider and also had the catcher squat for the first time.

Hiroshima Carp

Player training camp in Okinawa began today (January 24) and will run through to January 31.

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Shota Dobayashi plans to do what he can to make the active roster as a third baseman.  Dobayashi struggled with his hitting at Ni-gun in 2010 and 2011.  But he started showing signs of life after making adjustments to his mechanics during fall camp last year (like going back to a high leg kick).

And Tomonori Maeda told reporters he is interested in how Dobayashi and Hayato Shoji perform during spring camp.