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[2/18/2014] Rakuten Eagles News and Notes

by on Feb.19, 2014 @ 2:41 am, under NPB

Name Type Date NP Notes
Koji Aoyama Bullpen 2/18 120+ Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014
Yuki Matsui Bullpen 2/18 60 Mostly fastballs; only twenty-five for strikes.  Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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The Eagles are interested in inviting figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Kobo Stadium.  This would not be a first for Hanyu: he once threw out the first pitch for Rakuten on July 31, 2010.  Source: Tokyo Sports 2/18/2014

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Sergio Mitre and Loek Van Mil pitched in Tuesday's practice game against KIA (KBO).  Mitre gave up two runs on two hits over one inning while Van Mil tossed a shutout inning.  Senichi Hoshino told reporters he found Van Mil to be an interesting option and planned to give Mitre a few more chances.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014