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Yomiuri Giants: February 8, 2012

by on Feb.08, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions

Wednesday

  • Both Shuichi Murata and Shinnosuke Abe stayed back for extra BP after general practices. (Nikkan Sports)

Wednesday

  • Kentaro Nishimura threw forty-seven pitches, including the curve he is working on. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Shun Tono threw fifty pitches.  He also worked on throwing his cutter to the inside corner with someone standing in the left-handed batter's box. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Dicky Gonzalez threw 118 pitches. (Daily Sports)

Tuesday

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw 101 pitches, including two difference kinds of sliders.  It was his fourth session since the start of spring camp.  Shinnosuke Abe was the catcher. (Sanspo)

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The Ni-gun Giants had the day off today.

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For the fourth time during spring camp, the Giants decided to start practices indoors today because of the cold weather.

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Tetsuya Yamaguchi faced Hisayoshi Chono and Hayato Sakamoto during batting practice today and threw forty-seven pitches.

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Taishi Ota stayed back after general workouts for about an hour of extra fielding practice in the outfield today.

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Kentaro Nishimura is scheduled to start an intra-squad practice game on February 12.

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Sanspo reports that the first six spots in the line-up could go: Hayato Sakamoto, Daisuke Fujimura, Hisayoshi Chono, Shinnosuke Abe, Shuichi Murata, Michihiro Ogasawara.

Nikkan Sports mentions that Tatsunori Hara could try something a one thru five of: Chono, Sakamoto, John Bowker, Abe, Murata.  It is also possible that Ryosuke Miyaguni gets a shot at being the sixth starter in the rotation.

Regardless, it seems Hara will reserve the four and five spots for Abe and Murata.

====== UPDATE 2/9 @ 1:54am

Fujimura will be using lighter cleats this year, from 330 grams to about 300 grams.

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Shun Tono is working on a new delivery where he does not raise his arms above his head when he lifts his left leg.

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Sponichi reports that Hara wants his base line-up to be Sakamoto batting first, Chono batting third, Murata batting fourth, and Abe batting fifth.  From there, players can be moved around.  For example: if someone different were to bat third, then Chono could move to batting lead-off with Sakamoto dropping down to the seven hole.

Regarding the outfield spots, Sponichi mentions, in a separate article, that Chono will be treated as the everyday right fielder.  Bowker and Yoshinobu Takahashi will battle it out for left, and Tetsuya Matsumoto and Ota will compete for the CF job.