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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 15, 2011

by on Feb.15, 2011 @ 5:15 pm, under NPB
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Today's intra-squad game:

Chan Ho Park started for the whites and tossed two shutout innings (he faced 8 batters, threw 20 pitches, topped out at 138km/h, and allowed 3 hits).  There was also a balk call again him -- after the game, Park spoke to the umpire to find out exactly what he did wrong.

Shunta Goto (1st round) went 3-for-3 and stole a base.

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Donald Brandt was at Ichi-gun camp today for his tryout and tossed 31 pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eyes of the coaches.  Akinobu Okada told reporters that he plans on using Brandt (for an inning of relief) during an intra-squad game that's scheduled on the day of his tryouts (2/17) .

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Orix Buffaloes Spring Camp News and Notes: February 9, 2011

by on Feb.09, 2011 @ 10:56 pm, under NPB
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The Buffaloes have the day off today.

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Takahiro Okada celebrated his 23rd birthday today and was presented with a cake from the reporters.

Said Okada, "Camp is going well so far.  I want to swing a lot and make sure I'm ready to start putting up numbers from the first day of the regular season and become Nippon Series champs.  I want to play well and see if I can also win some titles."

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Donald Brandt arrived in Miyakojima today.  His tryouts begin tomorrow and run through to the 17th.  If the Buffaloes sign Brandt, it will likely be as an Ikusei player.

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Kazuki Kondo faced Keiji Obiki and Keisuke Kaneko during his 49-pitch BP pitcher outing.  Kondo decided to switch back to his overhand delivery this year after spending last year throwing from the side.  He's also vying for the opening day start.

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Shunta Goto (1st round) will be promoted to Ichi-gun spring camp tomorrow.  Goto had been working out at Ni-gun spring camp but Akinobu Okada wanted him to experience the Ichi-gun level and decided to call him up.

Said Okada, "I don't really consider him a player that will be ready to play at Ichi-gun this season, but he's pretty close.  I want him to get a taste of Ichi-gun now."

Okada also plans on using Goto during the intra-squad games that begin on the 11th.

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Yuki Miyazaki (3rd round) was informed on Tuesday night that he was being sent down to Ni-gun spring camp.