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Rakuten Eagles Spring Camp News and Notes: February 20, 2011

by on Feb.20, 2011 @ 8:25 pm, under NPB
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This post will be updated throughout the day.

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Today's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants:

The game ended in a 1-1 tie.

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Masafumi Togano threw about 40 pitches in the bullpen yesterday.  The two aces of the staff also tossed bullpen sessions: Masahiro Tanaka threw 60 and Hisashi Iwakuma threw 90.

FYI: Tanaka threw a total 862 pitches during spring camp.  He also did not throw the fork (he told reporters he wasn't going to use it this year) and instead worked on a split in the 140km/h range.

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Through 5 intra-squad games, the Eagles attempted 26 stolen and succeeded 16 times.

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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: November 12, 2010

by on Nov.12, 2010 @ 12:18 pm, under NPB
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Senichi Hoshino made his "managerial debut" with the Rakuten Eagles at yesterday's intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium.

Shoji Ohiro started at first and batted fourth during yesterday's intra-squad game at Kleenex Stadium.  In the 6th inning, Ohiro blasted a solo homer to left off Shingo Matsuzaki.

Masafumi Togano gave up a run over 3 innings of work and topped out at 137km/h.

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The Rakuten Eagles appear to be interested in potential free agent Mitsutaka Goto (Orix) since they're trying to find ways to upgrade the middle of their infield.  And it seems they may have given up on Kazuo Matsui.

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The Eagles will apparently end the year 1.2 - 1.3B in the red.  While revenue from sponsors and broadcast rights were more or less at the same level as their 2009 season, it seems they took a fairly big hit in ticket sales (down about 300M yen).  Merchandising and food sales also didn't see much growth.

Rakuten pulled in about 8.9B yen this year, down about 500M from last season (not inclusive of CS revenue) when they finished about 800M in the red.

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Giants send Masafumi Togano to the Eagles for Hideki Asai

by on Jul.26, 2010 @ 6:06 pm, under NPB
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The Giants and Eagles announced that they agreed on a trade that will send 25-year-old pitcher Masafumi Togano to Rakuten in exchange for 26-year-old pitcher Hideki Asai.

Asai's new number with the Giants will be 68.  Togano has yet to be assigned a new number.

Masafumi Tagano

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP WK R ER ERA WHIP
2006 YOM 7 0 0 0 0 0 35 7.2 11 3 1 0 5 1 0 7 7 8.22 1.57
2008 YOM 13 0 1 0 0 0 91 21.1 21 3 8 0 11 1 0 11 11 4.64 1.36
2009 YOM 5 0 0 0 0 0 25 6.2 4 1 3 0 4 0 0 3 3 4.05 1.05
Totals 25 0 1 0 0 0 151 35.2 36 7 12 0 20 2 0 21 21 5.30 1.35

Hideki Asai

Year Tm G W L Sv CG ShO BF IP H HR BB HBP SO WP WK R ER ERA WHIP
2003 OSA 2 0 0 0 0 0 8 2.0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0.00 1.50
2004 OSA 3 0 0 0 0 0 25 5.2 8 1 1 0 0 1 1 4 4 6.35 1.59
2005 RAK 15 2 5 0 1 0 277 60.0 71 10 28 3 43 5 0 45 40 6.00 1.65
2006 RAK 9 2 5 0 2 0 233 50.1 55 2 30 5 42 3 0 25 22 3.93 1.69
2007 RAK 31 8 8 0 2 1 603 144.1 146 4 40 6 107 4 0 53 50 3.12 1.29
2008 RAK 29 9 11 0 1 0 662 148.0 165 16 60 7 122 6 0 81 72 4.38 1.52
2009 RAK 13 0 3 0 0 0 140 28.2 37 4 17 0 25 3 0 23 21 6.59 1.88
2010 RAK 1 0 0 0 0 0 22 4.1 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 4 4 8.31 2.08
Totals 103 21 32 0 6 1 1970 443.1 490 37 180 21 343 22 1 235 213 4.32 1.51
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