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Yomiuri Giants: Feburary 4, 2012

by on Feb.04, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Saturday

  • John Bowker faced Jumpei Ono during BP and collected three could-be hits (no homers) on seventeen swings. (Nikkan Sports)

Friday

  • Hisayoshi Chono took fifty-eight swings and hit five over the fence.  Shuichi Murata took sixty swings and hit two over the fence. (Sponichi)

Saturday

  • Scott Mathieson threw forty-one pitches, including his splitter and curve.  He also threw to Shinnosuke Abe for the first time during spring camp. (Sanspo)
  • Shun Tono threw 100 pitches.  It was his third session since the start of spring camp. (Sanspo)

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NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato visited the team today.

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The Giants received 1200kg of rice from JA Akita and 880 serviings of udon noodles from Sato Yosuke Shoten today.

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Masumi Hoshino faced Daisuke Fujimura and Taishi Ota during batting practice today and allowed five could-be hits on fifty-one pitches (mostly fastballs away).  Tatsunori Hara is hoping Hoshino can become an effective option out of the bullpen.

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Takayuki Takaguchi worked out with the Ichi-gun players on Saturday and took fielding practice at both short and second.  He also showed some power during batting practice.

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Takayuki Terauchi participated in the morning walk at Ni-gun today.  Terauchi felt some pain while throwing the ball during fielding practice on Friday but appears to be ok.

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Yuya Kubo (right hip) told reporters this morning that he was able to do some long distance throwing at a max distance of about 100 meters (although without much power since his range of motion is still limited).

On Saturday, Hara told reporters that he was still hopeful Kubo would be ready by opening day and that he still had the lead for the closer role.  When asked about Scott Mathieson, he said, "If I talk about Mathieson too much it might make Kubo worry/rush."

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Hisayoshi Chono has been teaching John Bowker some Japanese.

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Asuka Kuramochi (AKB48) visited the Giants on Friday for an article she is writing for the Shukan AKB48 Group Newspaper.