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Chunichi Dragons: February 3, 2012

by on Feb.03, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Thursday

  • Tony Blanco took sixty-nine swings and hit nineteen over the fence. (Sports Hochi Osaka)

Friday

  • Masahiro Yamamoto threw sixty-one pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Junki Ito threw eighty-six pitches. (Sponichi)

Thursday

  • Jorge Sosa (tryout) threw fifty pitches, including his curve and slider) and kept his pitches low.  This was his first session since the start of spring camp.  Pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo liked what he saw but said that it was up to the manager to decide. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Kenshin Kawakami threw five cutters to a standing catcher and six curves to a squatting catcher.  (Nikkan Sports)

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Ichi-gun pitching coach Hiroshi Gondo visited Ni-gun spring camp today.

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Special instructor Tatsuro Hirooka spent about forty minutes working with Masahiro Araki and Masahiko Morino on their throwing movements before practices today.

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Morimichi Takagi spent about twenty minutes hitting seventy baseballs to Ryoji Nakata at third base from a distance of about fifteen meters on Thursday.  Takagi also had Victor Diaz swing a bat while sitting in a chair (to help correct a slight upper-cut in his swing).

=== UPDATE 2/4 @ 1:37am

Takagi attended a welcoming party hosted by Chunichi Dragons Chatan Organization after practices on Friday.  About 200 people attended the event.