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Yomiuri Giants News and Notes: February 9, 2013

by on Feb.09, 2013 @ 11:14 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Friday

  • Shinnosuke Abe: twenty-five pitches, did not swing at ten pitches (mostly on the outside corners)
  • Michihiro Ogasawara: sixty-nine swings, thirty-seven could-be hits, only eight baseballs were hit toward left

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013, Sponichi 2/9/2013

Today

  • Toshiya Sugiuchi: bullpen, seventy-seven pitches
  • Dennis Houlton: bullpen, thirty-five pitches, squatting catcher, second session in as many days

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Sanspo 2/9/2013

Friday

  • Kentaro Nishimura: batting practice, faced Kenji Yano and Yoshihito Ishii, fifty-two pitches, all fastballs

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Shuichi Murata hurt his right middle finger during fielding practice today and was taken to the hospital.  There were no problems with his bones, but he did have a broken fingernail.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013

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Dennis Houlton complained of back tightness on the 2nd but is now feeling much better.  He told reporters he was at about seventy-five percent.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Hayato Sakamoto joined the main group for workouts today.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Taishi Ota went to the hospital on Thursday night because of a fever.  His test for the flu virus came back negative.  He visited the hospital again on Friday and worked out separately from the main group.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Michihiro Ogasawara is using a training bat weighs 1.1 kilograms and is ninety-seven centimeters long.

Source: Sponichi 2/9/2013

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1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano's parents have been visiting spring camp every year, mostly to show their support for Tatsunori Hara.  They were at camp on Friday for their son.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013

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Owner Kojiro Shiraishi and Sansankai chairman Fujio Mitarai (Canon chairman and president) visited Miyazaki camp on Friday.

Source: Sanspo 2/9/2013, Sponichi 2/9/2013

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Samurai Japan manager Koji Yamamoto was at Giants' camp today.  He watched Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Hirokazu Sawamura toss batting practice and Toshiya Sugiuchi throw in the bullpen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/9/2013Sanspo 2/9/2013