Takahiro Norimoto is working on a slow curve. This is in addition to the eight other pitches he already throws: fastball, curve, slurve, two kinds of sliders, change, two-seamer, and split.
"I want to kill the velocity. Keep it at under 100km/h to show a greater difference in velocity between my 150km/h fastball. I am trying to drop it using a vertical rotation. It could be an effective pitch if I can get it to cut in toward the knees against right-handed hitters," said Norimoto.
Chiba Lotte Marines
The Marines will most likely start three lefties during their four-game series against the Fighters (June 21-24): Yoshihisa Naruse, Takahiro Fujioka, and Takuya Furuya.
Aarom Baldiris gave teammate Yoshio Itoi one of his bats.
Source: Sponichi 6/21/2013