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[1/22/2014] Yomiuri Giants, Hiroshima Carp

by on Jan.23, 2014 @ 2:09 am, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Nutritionist Kei Omae gave the 2013 draft class a lecture on nutrition on Wednesday.  1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi found out he was not eating enough dairy products and vegetables.  He would like to ultimately push his weight from seventy-four to eighty kilograms.

Source: official announcementDaily Sports 1/22/2014

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As an event to celebrate their 80th anniversary, the Giants plan to commemorate the legendary Eiji Sawamura by having their coaches and players wear his number (fourteen) during an exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers on March 10.  The game will also be taking place in his home town of Ise, Mie.

Source: Sanspo 1/22/2014Sponichi 1/22/2014

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Shinnosuke Abe apparently thinks Tomoyuki Sugano has what it takes to become a captain.  There have been eighteen captains in franchise history.  Only three have been pitchers: Eiji Sawamura (eighth captain), Hideo Fujimoto (seventh), and Hiroshi Nakao (ninth).

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/22/2014

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According to Tokyo Sports, the Giants might be afraid of losing the news spotlight to the Sochi Olympics and Masahiro Tanaka during spring camp.  They might try to convince Hideki Matsui (special instructor during spring camp) to participate in public relations events at various tourist locations on off days to keep the media (and the public) interested.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/22/2014

Hiroshima Carp

1st round draft pick Daichi Osera and 2nd round draft pick Allen Kuri worked out at the Ono training facilities on Wednesday.  They also each tossed fifty pitches in the bullpen.  For Osera, it was his third session and Kuri his second.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2014

Of the fifty pitches Osera threw, fifteen were curves.  He also threw the change for the first time this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

Osera's lucky color is brown.  He will be using a brown glove this season.  His unlucky color is white.  He has heard that when wearing something white, it is good to eat something white.  He plans to eat white rice before his starts games at home when he will have to wear a white uniform.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2014

Kuri believes his teammates will probably call him by his first name instead of his last since Kenta Kurihara also goes by the nickname Kuri.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

4th round draft pick Keita Nishihara told reporters after tossing ninety-nine pitches during batting practice to 3rd round draft pick Kosuke Tanaka that he threw the ball with his wrist at not even fifty percent strength.

Source: Sponichi 1/22/2014