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Orix Buffaloes: February 15, 2012

by on Feb.15, 2012 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Mitsutaka Goto took fifty-four swings during batting practice and hit two over the fence.  This was the first time Goto took outdoor batting practice since the start of spring camp. (Sports Hochi)

Wednesday

  • Satoshi Komatsu threw fifty-eight pitches in the bullpen. (Sponichi)

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A portion of practices (over an hour) were shutoff to the media today as the team went over signs.

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Satoshi Komatsu joined the Ichi-gun team for practices today and tossed a bullpen session.

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Daily Sports reports that Akinobu Okada likes what Shunta brings to the table (defense, speed, arm) and plans to give him the best chance at winning the starting job in right.  Hisao Arakane, Shogo Akada, Masato Fukae, and 8th round draft pick Takayoshi Kawabata are amongst the other possible candidates.

So far, Shunta is 4-for-10 with four RBI, batting out of the lead-off spot, over three practice games.

Takahiro Okada and Tomotaka Sakaguchi will most likely start in left and center, respectively.

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The media learned on Tuesday that the Buffaloes are planning to use the Miyakojima facilities for spring camp in 2013.

Beginning in 2010, Okada complained about the conditions at the facilities and dropped hints that he would get the organization to consider finding a new location.  Team officials visited the facilities in December 2011 and found them satisfactory after Miyakojima spent about 30M yen in improvements.

====== UPDATE 2/16 @ 12:10am

Okada spent about forty-five minutes on Wednesday giving 2nd round draft pick Takuya Shimada pointers on hitting.  This was apparently the first time Okada worked directly with a first year player since becoming manager of the Buffaloes.