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Rakuten Eagles: February 29, 2012

by on Feb.29, 2012 @ 11:50 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Wednesday

  • Shinichiro Koyama threw fifty-five pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)
  • Masahiro Tanaka threw seventy pitches, including his new cut fastball, in the bullpen. (Nikkan Sports)

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The Eagles traveled to Nagasaki today, a couple days in advance of their two game exhibition series against the Yokohama Bay Stars at Nagasaki Big N Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

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When Senichi Hoshino saw Shinichiro Koyama on the field outdoors doing warm-ups in a short-sleeve shirt, he jokingly said, "I have decided on my opening day starter and it is not [Masahiro] Tanaka!"

Koyama also tossed a bullpen session indoors wearing a short-sleeve shirt and said, "It will be cold on opening day so I wanted to prepare myself for that."

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Hoshino told reporters on Tuesday that he saw 6th round draft pick Hiroaki Shimauchi as a pinch-running "specialist" (fifty meters in 5.8 seconds).  Shimauchi has been working out with the Ichi-gun team since February 25 and has been getting help from OF/base-running coach Atsuhiro Motonishi.

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Hoshino spent over an hour in the bullpen giving pitchers advice on Tuesday.