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[2/27/2013] Yomiuri, Yakult, Hiroshima, Yokohama

by on Feb.27, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Ryuya Matsumoto is scheduled to start a practice game against WBC China on March 1.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

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Tatsunori Hara spent about fifty minutes tossing baseballs to Taishi Ota from a distance of about ten meters during a closed batting practice session on Tuesday.  Ota is having a difficult time at the plate and at one point struck out seven times in a row.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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Yoshinobu Takahashi was in charge of the closing hand-clap ceremony on Tuesday, the last day of spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

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1st round draft pick Tomoyuki Sugano tossed fifty-two pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.  He threw a total 805 pitches over the course of spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

Sugano will pitch again on March 3 against Softbank at Tokyo Dome.

Source: Sponichi 2/27/2013

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Kyosuke Takagi and Kentaro Nishimura were the only pitchers on the team that threw more than 1,000 pitches during spring camp.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

Yakult Swallows

The Swallows closed out spring camp in Urasoe today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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Junji Ogawa would like to use Lastings Milledge as a full-time lead-off hitter this season, although that will depend on how well the middle of the order does.  Ogawa spent about twenty minutes throwing baseballs to Milledge during extra batting practice on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

Hiroshima Carp

The Carp closed out Ichi-gun and Ni-gun spring camp today.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/27/2013

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Yuichi Hisamoto scheduled start was canceled today because of the rain.  He is slated to make a relief appearance in an exhibition game against Chunichi at Nagoya Dome on March 3.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013

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The Carp have had a rough week with players going down with various problems.

Injuries: Keisuke Imai (left knee on 2/24), Kam Mickolio (lower back on 2/20), Miguel Socolovich (left calf on 2/21), Akihiro Higashide (left knee on 2/24)

Non-injury related: Eishin Soyogi (flu on 2/27), Jun Hirose (flu on 2/27), Masato Akamatsu (viral pharyngitis on 2/23 and the flu on 2/25)

Source: Sanspo 2/27/2013

Yokohama Bay Stars

Catchers Shuto Takajo, Kenjiro Tsuruoka, and Masashi NIshimori threw about thirty pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/27/2013, Daily Sports 2/27/2013