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PL News and Notes: January 30, 2012

by on Jan.31, 2012 @ 3:12 am, under NPB

Nippon Ham Fighters

Eiichi Koyano dropped 12kg during the winter and currently weighs 81kg.

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Bobby Keppel arrived in Japan on Monday and told reporters that he got a lot of calls about Yu Darvish during the off-season and that he was interested in seeing just how well he does in the US.

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7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima selected Tomoyasu Hotei's Bambina for his intro music.

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The team trainers will be keeping an eye on Hideki Kuriyama during spring camp -- being a first year manager that worries more about people around him than about himself, they are concerned he will push himself too hard.

Orix Buffaloes

Akinobu Okada wants to spend some time talking to Dae-Ho Lee to get a better feel for what kind of player he is.  He is also a little worried about the 15kg Lee dropped during the winter.

Okada observed early training camp at Miyakojima Stadium today and was reportedly happy with the bullpen sessions 3rd round draft pick Tatsuya Sato and 4th round draft pick Tomoyuki Kaida tossed.

On Sunday, he told reporters that during road games, he will, at the very least, shoot for a tie.

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Bullpen session:

Monday

Ming-Chieh Hsu threw 70 pitches (he also mixed in change-ups and shutos) to a squatting catcher.  Hsu told reporters he was at about 60-70%.

Chiba Lotte Marines

The Marines held a press conference for Josh Whitesell and Seth Greisinger on Monday.

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Bullpen sessions:

Sunday

1st round draft pick Takahiro Fujioka tossed 58 pitches (standing catcher) during his fourth bullpen session of the off-season.