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Rakuten Eagles: February 5, 2012

by on Feb.05, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Saturday

  • Akihisa Makida took forty-two swings and hit seven over the fence. (Sanspo)

Sunday

  • 1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto threw 155 pitches, including off-speed pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi threw about forty pitches. (Sanspo)
  • Shinichiro Koyama threw seventy-one pitches. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Yoshitaka Hashimoto tossed a bullpen session. (Nikkan Sports)

Saturday

  • Keiji Uezono threw 100 pitches in the bullpen.  It was his fourth session in as many days. (Sanspo)
  • Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi threw seventy-nine pitches, including off-speed pitches.  He also had the catcher squat for the first time this year. (Daily Sports)
  • Masahiro Tanaka threw twenty-four pitches to a standing catcher and thirty-seven pitchers to a squatting catcher. (Sanspo)

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Early morning workouts began at 7:30am today.

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Senichi Hoshino spent about twenty minutes hitting grounders (166 swings) to Shinichiro Koyama, Masahiro Tanaka, Darrell Rasner, and Kelvin Jimenez today.

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During early morning shout outs today, Takahiro Shiomi said he wanted to pitch well enough to remain in the rotation a full year and record at least fifteen victoriesthis season.

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When Hoshino called over to Akihisa Makida on Saturday, he told the 29-year-old that he should lift his face while walking because he was the team's clean-up batter.  While chances are fairly good that Hoshino has yet to really decide on a clean-up hitter, he most likely did give Makida a jarring wake-up call.

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Team chairman Hiroshi Mikitani observed the team today (beginning with early morning practices at around 7am).