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Softbank Hawks: February 11, 2012

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

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Saturday

  • Hiroki Kokubo collected two hits during situational BP: a double to left off Keisuke Katto and a single to center off Shingo Tatsumi. (Sponichi)

Friday

  • Wily Mo Pena went 1-for-3 during situational BP: double to right-center off Mu-Young Kim and then struck out twice. (Sponichi)

Saturday

  • Tadashi Settsu threw fifty-three pitches in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)
  • Sho Iwasaki struck out Seiichi Uchikawa looking during situational batting practice.  (Sports Hochi)

Friday

  • Hiroyuki Kawahara faced nine batters during situational BP and did not allow a hit.  He also struck out three, two of which were Wily Mo Pena and Nobuhiro Matsuda. (Sponichi)  Nine batters: three strikeouts, one infield ground out, one infield line out, four walks.  He also topped out at 149km/h.  The other strikeout victim was Toru Hosokawa. (Nikkan Sports)

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About 18,500 fans showed up today.

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Tu-Hsuan Lee spent about thirty minutes in the batting cages during extra morning batting practice.  Batting coach Yoshiie Tachibana watched over the session.

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The Hawks held a press conference at Miyazaki Ivy Stadium for Angel Castro today.

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Hiroyuki Kawahara apparently sees the strikezone as two distinct areas: inside and outside.

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Brad Penny on pitching his first bullpen session in Japan on Friday: "The mound seemed a little softer [than what I am used to in the US].  The stitches on the baseball felt bigger and my off-speed pitches were fine."