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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 7, 2012

by on Feb.07, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Today's intra-squad game was pushed back to Wednesday due to poor weather and field conditions.

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The Fighters received 300 kilograms of rice, 100 kilograms of potatoes and onions, and 300 liters of milk from the Hokuren Federation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Hokkaido.

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Hideki Kuriyama wants to make sure he backs his players this season and figures that could lead to about five ejections.

"The worst is when you see players with little experience looking frustrated and the people in the dugout ignoring it," said Kuriyama.

He is also thinking about giving out manager awards to players that do particularly well during practice games.

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Yuki Saito did not throw in the bullpen today (a first for him during this spring camp).  His workouts included running (like six 300 meter dashes) and weights.  Saito was also scheduled to toss batting practice today, but the session was canceled pushed to Wednesday because of the rain.

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7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima was scheduled to play in today's rained out intra-squad game.  He will still get a chance to play in tomorrow's rescheduled game.

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Eiichi Koyano worked out for about two hours on his day off on Monday.

====== UPDATE 2/8 @ 2:27am

Kuriyama told reporters on Monday that he is interested in Hideki Matsui (not only as a player, but also for his experience) and has already asked the team to look into him.