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Orix Buffaloes: January 25, 2012

by on Jan.25, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

The Buffaloes held a press conference at Hotto Motto Kobe today to introduce both Shinji Takahashi and Ming-Chieh Hsu.

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Training camp for the 2011 draft class ended today.

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Hayato Terahara tossed his first bullpen session of the year today (standing catcher, including off-speed pitches, about 15 minutes).

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Takahiro Okada visited a number of locations in the Tohoku region today in order to donate 800,000 yen in cash and 1.7M yen in training clothes.  (50,000 yen per homer at 16 homers and 20,000 yen in training clothes per RBI at 85 RBI.)

He also told reporters on Tuesday that whether or he holds workouts in Los Angeles again next year will depend on how well he does this year.

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Akinobu Okada figures Dae-Ho Lee will be able to hit a lot of homers in Japan because the ball in Korea is apparently more difficult to hit long balls with than the standard ball used in Japan.

Okada had a chance to examine a KBO baseball last year during a practice game against Samsung Lions.