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Rakuten Eagles: February 2, 2012

by on Feb.02, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Senichi Hoshino was present during early morning practices again today (7am start time).  He also did some jogging along the outfield wall.

Hoshino spent about 20 minutes hitting grounders to pitchers today.


4th round pick Takero Okajima stayed back and spent sixteen consecutive minutes in the batting cages hitting off-speed pitches (no rest) during his workouts today.


The Eagles were presented with a number of local items today, including a 20kg yellowfin tuna.


Keiji Oyama caught Masahiro Tanaka's bullpen session on Wednesday.


Tanaka has been focusing on weight placement on his back leg during his bullpen sessions -- on Wednesday it took an average 1.87 seconds for his front foot to land after he picked it up during his delivery.  FYI: Yu Darvish taught Tanaka how to use his back leg more efficiently this past winter.


Kazuo Matsui told reporters after practice on Wednesday that he woke up at 5:20am and was completely beat.  The first day of practices began at 7am and ended at around 4pm.


Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions



  • Shinichiro Koyama threw 201 pitches.  FYI: February 1, or 201, is also his son's birthday. (Sanspo)
  • Daisuke Kato threw about 150 pitches while getting advice from pitching coach Yoshinori Sato. (Nikkan Sports)