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Yomiuri Giants: February 29, 2012

by on Feb.29, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

John Bowker will likely be given a shot to see if he can handle hitting in the middle of the order (from the third to fifth spot) during games in early March.  Bowker could get his first chance during an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 3.

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The Giants are toying with the idea of using Scott Mathieson as a starter and are planning to have him pitch two or more innings an outing from here on out.

Much could also depend Yuya Kubo's status -- as of now, he is making good progress and might be ready by opening day.

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Ikusei pitcher Kyohei Odachi will likely remain with the Ichi-gun team at least until mid-March.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi is slated to start an exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on March 3.

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Hirokazu Sawamura suggested to Ryosuke Miyaguni that long distance throwing might be better for building up the arm than bullpen sessions.

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Shuichi Murata could get opportunities to bat clean-up this year in order to take some of the pressure/workload off Shinnosuke Abe.

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Some batting stats through Tuesday: