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[1/29/2014] Nippon Ham Fighters News and Notes

by on Jan.29, 2014 @ 11:51 pm, under NPB

2013 draft class training camp ended today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Nago City overseeded the outfield grass during the off-season to make sure it was healthy and full for spring camp.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Naoki Miyanishi started working on a sinker last spring after Hiroshi Kisanuki gave him tips on how to throw the fork.  He continued tinkering with the pitch during practices last year and managed to find some consistency during the off-season.  He plans to give it a try during spring camp and could begin using it during the regular season this year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Michael Crotta threw thirty-five pitches, including breaking balls, to a squatting catcher in the bullpen at the indoor facilities in Sapporo on Tuesday.  He threw at about seventy percent.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014

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Shohei Otani's workouts on Tuesday included warm-ups, playing catch with an outfielder's glove, fielding practice in right, bullpen session (sixty-two pitches), playing catch to make minor adjustments to his mechanics (about twenty throws), and batting practice (fifty-six swings, three hit over the fence).

Source: Sports Hochi 1/29/2014

Otani increased his weight from eighty-six to ninety kilograms during the off-season.  His chest measurements also increased, from ninety-eight to 106 centimeters.

Source: Sponichi 1/29/2014

Otani hit two out of the stadium during batting practice today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/29/2014