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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hiroshima, Yokohama: January 23, 2013

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Chunichi Dragons

Takuya Asao threw about thirty pitches in the indoor bullpen at Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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Takeshi Yamasaki visited Nagoya Stadium on Wednesday to get his things together for spring camp.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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Shinji Iwata wants to be able to control his knuckle-fork a little more.  Iwata returned from his workouts in Australia on the 21st.  Source: Sponichi 1/22/2013

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Sore loser?  Morimichi Takagi appeared on a TV program in Nagoya on Tuesday night and had this to say about the trio of players that left the team and signed with the Yokohama Bay Stars:

[Tony] Blanco will probably go like this this year. *while drawing a downward curve with his right hand*

You have to consider his age and that wrist he hurt, that will play a role too.

[Enyelbert] Soto gets hurt too often.  [Jorge] Sosa was starting to complain [about things].

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

Yakult Swallows

Masanori Ishikawa tossed batting practice to Yasushi Iihara and Shinichi Takeuchi on Wednesday.  He threw about 100 pitches, including the fork he has been working on.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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Yuhei Takai is not interested in pitching and wants to focus his energy on being a position player.  Junji Ogawa is planning to respect that.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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Former Yakult Swallow Shingo Takatsu has become a baseball analyst for Sponichi.  Source: Sponichi 1/23/2013

Yomiuri Giants

Tetsuya Utsumi arrived at Giants Stadium at about 9:00am on Tuesday and worked out for about two hours.  Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

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Shuichi Murata currently weighs two to three kilograms more than last season.  That is fine with Murata, so long as it helps him hit the ball farther.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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Hayato Sakamoto gained two to three kilograms during his workouts in Guam.  He currently weighs about eight-three kilograms.  Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

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Murata, Sakamoto, and Hisayoshi Chono all worked out at Giants Stadium today.  Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

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Yoshiyuki Kamei visited a physic in Nara this winter and was told that an evil spirit attached itself to his left shoulder.

"I was asked if my left shoulder was bad because there was an evil spirit on it.  That made me think of the injuries I have had on the left side of my body.  I had the spirit exorcised and was told the evil spirit left.  I am not the type to believe that kind of thing, but I do feel a sense of relief," said Kamei.

Kamei has also done other things suggested by the psychic to ensure good luck, like change the kanji characters in his first name, or grab sand from a shrine in Kanagawa to store in his home.

Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2013

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The seven members of the 2012 draft class took a course on income tax returns on Tuesday. Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

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Senryokugai Hiroki Sanada got a tryout with the Brother Elephants (CPBL).  Source: Sponichi 1/23/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp held a staff meeting today and decided that Kenta Kurihara will start the year at Ichi-gun spring camp.  All seven members of the 2012 draft class will start at Ni-gun spring camp.  Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

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The Carp visited Hiroshima Gokoku Shrine on Wednesday to pray for a successful season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Tony Blanco would like to hit about forty home runs this year and feels he could hit at least thirty-five.  He currently weighs 104 kilograms.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/23/2013, Sponichi 1/23/2013

Before leaving Japan on October 26 last year, Blanco weighed about 110 kilograms.  Source: Sanspo 1/23/2013

Blanco plans to push his weight back up to 110 kilograms through a weight training program.  Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2013

Three t-shirt featuring Blanco will go on sale beginning on February 1 (only large size at 3,000 yen a piece).  Source: Daily Sports 1/23/2013

The Bay Stars held a press conference for Blanco (and Kai-Wen Cheng) at their team offices on Wednesday.  Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 1/23/2013

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