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Nippon Ham Fighters: February 12, 2012

by on Feb.12, 2012 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice

Sunday

  • 7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima lightly swung the bat forty-two times during batting practice. (Nikkan Sports)

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7th round draft pick Takumi Oshima was hit by a pitch in today's practice game against the Hanshin Tigers and later told reporters that getting hit by a softball was more painful.

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Yuki Saito's next start will likely be against Yokohama on February 16.

And comments from Hideki Kuriyama and pitching coach Masato Yoshii on Saito's outing, via Sports Hochi:

Kuriyama: "[That home run he gave up] is just bad and I want him to think about that. ... I am not looking for him to become the ace of the staff.  I am looking for more than that from him. ... But, despite all that.  Honestly, he is making progress."

Yoshii: "Yu-chan did well. ... I want him to get batters that are waiting for fastballs out with the fastballs.  He is more of a power pitcher than anyone else thinks.  Offspeed pitches are no good."

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The Fighters drew about 2,500 fans on Saturday.

====== UPDATE 2/13 @ 1:36am

Takahiro Imanami worked out at Ni-gun camp today because of pain in his right flank.  Imanami suffered the injury on Saturday.  The team feels it could be a muscle strain and has scheduled an examination at a hospital in Nago on Monday.