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Chunichi Dragons: January 30, 2012

by on Jan.30, 2012 @ 11:23 pm, under NPB

Kenshin Kawakami and Hitoki Iwase left for Okinawa out of Chubu International Airport today.  Kawakami is scheduled to officially sign a contract with the Dragons tomorrow.

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Morimichi Takagi and team president Katsuhiko Sakai made stops at the Yomitan Village Office and the Chatan Town Office today.

The town of Chatan expressed an interest in throwing a championship parade for the Dragons (if they can win a Nippon Series championship or win the Central League), though nothing official has been discussed.

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Victor Diaz took 45 swings during BP on Sunday and hit 11 over the fence.  He told reporters that he was hitting the ball at about 80%.

"[Diaz] is still pushing too hard.  I need to a see a little more of him.  At this point, I can not say whether or not he passed the tryouts," said Takagi.

The original plan was to decide on Diaz before the start of spring camp.

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Ichi-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Godo told reporters he will most likely swap spots with Ni-gun pitching coach Shinji Imanaka for about three days during the second half of the second block of spring camp in order to get a better look at the talent in the organization.

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Tony Blanco arrived in Japan from the Dominican Republic on Sunday and said to reporters, "I am an employee of the team.  My job is to do my best at the position [the team] gives me.  I just need to do my best.  That is all."

When asked if there was a possibility he might take another position, he replied, "I am a first baseman."

Regarding Takeshi Yamasaki, he said, "[Yamasaki] is a my friend.  He is a nice guy and he is a good friend."

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Enyelbert Soto arrived at Chubu International Airport on Sunday and told reporters, "Starter, reliever, I do not care where I pitch.  I will pitch where ever they tell me."

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Bullpen sessions:

Monday

Takuya Asao threw 46 pitches to a standing catcher.