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Rakuten Eagles: January 26, 2012

by on Jan.27, 2012 @ 12:16 am, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino attended a fan club gathering at a hotel in Sendai on Thursday and told everyone that he will do his best to bring home a championship.

Hoshino told reporters on Wednesday that he wanted his players to eat more.

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Manabu Mima tossed about 40 pitches in the bullpen on Wednesday.  It was his first bullpen session at Kleenex Stadium this year.  Mima's season last year was cut short after he was diagnose with inflammation in his right forearm flexor muscles.

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3rd round draft pick Takumi Miyoshi got the day off from practice on Wednesday because he was not feeling well.  He worked out under a separate training schedule on Thursday.

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For the first time in franchise history, the Eagles will begin the season with a home opener (March 30, vs Lotte at Kleenex Stadium).

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The media learned on Wednesday that the Eagles' Ni-gun team will be playing a game in Minamisanriku, Miyagi on August 19 (vs Nippon Ham at Heisei-no-mori Shionokaze Baseball Stadium).