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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: February 1, 2013

by on Feb.01, 2013 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Masahiro Tanaka: bullpen, forty-four pitches, squatting catcher, mostly fastballs with a few two-seamers and sliders
  • Norihito Kaneto threw seventy-one pitches

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Team pictures were taken at Kumejima Baseball Stadium before workouts.  Ni-gun manager Hiromoto Okubo turned forty-six today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Andruw Jones reportedly looked a little flat on the first day of camp.  He told reporters he would need at least three days to get used to how things are done in Japan.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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Samurai Japan Visit: Koji Yamamoto, general pitching coach Osamu Higashio, position player coach Masataka Nashida, batting coach Kazuyoshi Tatsunami, and INF/base-running coach Nobuhiro Takashiro visited Eagles' camp in Kumejima today.

Rakuten Samurai Japan Candidates: Masahiro Tanaka, Kazuo Matsui, Ryo Hijirisawa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/1/2013

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About 1,500 fans showed up at Sendai Station on Thursday for send-off rally.

Source: Sanspo 2/1/2013

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Senichi Hoshino is planning to give Jones a look at all three outfield positions.  He also plans to give Jones and Casey McGehee the benefit of the doubt if they get off to slow starts.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/1/2013, Daily Sports 2/1/2013

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