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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: February 13, 2013

by on Feb.13, 2013 @ 11:34 pm, under NPB

Masahiro Tanaka asked Andruw Jones questions about his pitches after Tuesday's intra-squad game.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013, Daily Sports 2/13/2013

Sanspo posted parts of Tanaka's post-game chat with the media:

On your first intra-squad outing...

I was able to get my arm into it so I think it was alright.  I did my best to keep the hitters off balance.

The wind was fairly strong...

The winds at QVC Marine can be strong during the regular.  My first game of the year did not go well, but I think I did alright.

What did you think of [Andruw Jones] telling [Casey] McGehee what pitch was coming from the dugout?

That is something that could take place during international games.  I knew what he did, but I got hit because I was weak.  McGehee took a good swing and got a hold of it.

On using the WBC baseball...

Honestly, it has not really bothered me much.  I do not think it is something everyone has to get worried about.

How were the hitters responding to your pitches?

My off-speed pitches were moving too early and I need to work on the late break.  My fastball hit 146km/h, but I was not executing and was forcing it up there.

Source: Sanspo 2/13/2013

Tanaka's wife and parents were at the game.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/13/2013


Samurai Japan candidates Kazuo Matsui, Ryo Hijirisawa, and Masahiro Tanaka will head to Miyazaki on Thursday for the start of WBC mini-camp.

Andruw Jones will head to Taiwan on the 21st to attend for his mini-camp with the Netherlands.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/13/2013