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Yomiuri Giants: March 2, 2012

by on Mar.02, 2012 @ 11:55 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Thursday

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi threw sixty-three pitches in the bullpen. (Sanspo)

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Tatsunori Hara will likely try batting Hisayoshi Chono first, Tetsuya Matsumoto second, John Bowker third, Shuichi Murata fourth, Shinnosuke Abe fifth, and Hayato Sakamoto sixth for their exhibition game against the Seibu Lions on Saturday.

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Toshiya Sugiuchi and Hirokazu Sawamura are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Seibu on Saturday.  Tetsuya Utsumi is slated to pitch against Seibu on Sunday.

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Takahiko Nomaguchi will be called up on Saturday; Norihito Kaneto will be sent down.

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According to Daily Sports, there are three candidates for the opening day start: Utsumi, Sugiuchi, and Sawamura.  Of the three, Utsumi is the front-runner.

Nikkan Sports notes that Tatsunori Hara already has a basic idea of how he will set his starting rotation.

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Sugiuchi plans to use Koji Kikkawa's Speed for his intro music (the same music he used last year).

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While a possible early (or on time) return by Yuya Kubo is part of the reason why the Giants are thinking about using Scott Mathieson as a starter, that he has struggled with his control is another: he has eight walks/HBPs in five innings of work (four games).  He also appears to be having a hard time pitching from the set position, likely because he is worried about getting called on a balk.