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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 6, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 3:28 am, under NPB

The team had the day off on Monday.

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5th round draft pick Toshiharu Moriuchi and 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima checked out some dolphins on their day off on Monday.

Oshima is expected to be called up to Ichi-gun on Tuesday in order to play in an intra-squad game.

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Sho Nakata worked on his hitting for about forty-five minutes on his day off on Monday.

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Hideki Kuriyama spent about ten minutes throwing into a net during his day-off on Monday.  Kuriyama is not scheduled to toss batting practice but wants to be ready in case something happens.

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Kuriyama is looking for Kensuke Tanaka to step up and help lead the team this season.  He also wants Tanaka to feel free to speak his mind as if they were on the same level.

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According to Sanspo, the 128 pitches Yuki Saito threw during his bullpen session on Sunday is the most he has ever thrown in one sitting since turning pro (spring camp and regular season games).  He also threw ninety-seven fastballs, nineteen sliders, eight change-ups, and four cutters.

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Eiichi Koyano dropped twelve kilograms during the off-season.  He lost a couple more kilograms because of the flu and currently weighs eighty kilograms.  Since his ideal weight is eighty-three kilograms, Koyano will now work on adding three kilograms back to his frame before the start of the season.

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The Fighters announced on Monday that they will give Ken Kadokura a tryout on February 8.