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Samurai Japan News and Notes: February 23, 2013

by on Feb.23, 2013 @ 11:37 pm, under WBC

The mounds at Kyocera Dome and YafuOku Dome have been recreated to be like the ones at AT&T Park.  The dirt around home plate has also been changed.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2013

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Yomiuri Giant Jose Lopez was Venezuelan Winter League teammates with Paulo Orlando (WBC Brazil).  He gave the following report on the Brazilian outfielder:

He is a track and field athlete so he knows how to run.  He is much faster that [Tetsuya] Matsumoto and [Daisuke] Fujimura.  He is taller and has a big stride.  He batted over .300 during the Winter League, so he also knows how to hit. ... None of the teams could stop him.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/23/2013

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WBC Cuba beat WBC Taiwan 20-11 during a practice game on the 22nd.  Alfredo Despaigne hit three home runs and drove in ten RBI -- a two-run homer and a three-run homer in the 2nd inning and a three-run homer in the 8th.

Source: Sponichi 2/23/2013