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Hiroshima Carp: January 31, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Takuro Ishii donated 1,082,212 yen to relief efforts in northern Japan (specifically, to help schools and children) via Hearts of Gold, date January 30.

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Akihiro Higashide spent about an hour and thirty minutes giving Yuta Shirahama advice on his swing after general practices on Monday.  The two were also seen taking swings in the cages this morning.

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1st round draft pick Yusuke Nomura arrived in Okinawa today -- he was in Tokyo taking final exams at his university.  Nomura bumped in Yuki Saito (HAM) before boarding his flight at Haneda Airport.

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4th round draft pick Shohei Habu had five teeth capped with gold -- he was initially planning to get his cavities fixed using silver crowns but was told gold was the better option for athletes.

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Kenta Kurihara spent about 30 minutes giving Shota Dobayashi advice on his swing on Monday.

"I wanted to go home early today, but Dobayashi was just swinging the bat really badly.  And I could not allow him to head into camp in such bad shape," said Kurihara.

He added, "There are things you can also learn by teaching."

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The Carp coaches will have a much easier time keeping track of player workouts this year.  With the help of NTT Docomo, live feeds of the bullpen and indoor practice area in Okinawa (Ichi-gun) and the bullpen in Nichinan (Ni-gun) will be sent to five smartphones.