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Rakuten Eagles: February 23, 2012

by on Feb.23, 2012 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Akihisa Makida hit thirteen over the fence during batting practice. [Nikkan Sports]

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The Eagles canceled early morning workouts today because of the weather.  This was the first time the team canceled morning practices during spring camp.

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1st round draft pick Yoshitaka Muto is scheduled to start Friday's practice game against Samsung.  Muto did not toss a bullpen session today and instead did some long distance throwing.

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Kelvin Jimenez could make an appearance during an exhibition game against the Nippon Ham Fighters on February 25.

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Kazuhiro Kiyohara visited Kin camp today.

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For the second time in as many days, Senichi Hoshino played catch (about five minutes) with head coach Koichi Tabuchi.  Hoshino is scheduled to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before an exhibition game against the Lotte on March 10.

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Batting coach Hiromoto Okubo likes having a left-handed batter in the two whole in the line-up because he can help mask the runner at first.  And if the number two batter can also hit, even better.

"It is better to have a left-handed number two hitter.  If the lead-off man gets on base, he can block the catcher's view to first, giving the runner a better chance to steal a base.  If the number two batter can also hit for average, he will make the catcher's job that much more difficult.  The chances to score a run go up," said Okubo.

Teppei batted second during Wednesday's game and could end up being the Eagles' number two hitter this year.

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Through Wednesday, Yusuke Kosai is 3-for-8 with a homer and three RBI over three intra-squad games.