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[2/3/2014] Yomiuri Giants News and Notes

by on Feb.04, 2014 @ 6:22 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Leslie Anderson - forty-seven swings, twenty-three could-be hits including two over the fence; he also tried five bunts

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Tomoyuki Sugano - fifty-three pitches to squatting catcher; all pitches; 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi caught the session
  • Nobutaka Imamura - eighty-one pitches; Shinnosuke Abe caught the session

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Takahiro Suzuki is planning to go back to being a switch-hitter.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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The Giants decided to send Hirokazu Sawamura to Ni-gun camp on Monday after he complained of discomfort (not pain) in his right shoulder.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Hideki Matsui hit baseballs from the right side during fielding practice on Monday (220 swings, three swing-and-misses).  He also stayed back after general workouts and threw 131 batting practice pitches to Yoshinobu Takahashi.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014, Sponichi 2/3/2014

Matsui was seen at the Ni-gun hotel eating a meal with Taishi Ota, Ryosuke Miyaguni, and Daisuke Nakai after practices on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/3/2014

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Leslie Anderson's nickname will apparently be Toru.  Shinnosuke Abe picked the name.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

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Shogo Shibata was diagnosed with Behcet's disease when he was in junior high school.  When he first experienced stomach pains on Sunday, team officials were concerned it might be connected to the disease.  An examination at a hospital revealed that it was appendicitis.

Source: Sanspo 2/3/2014

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Advance Scout Yoshinori Murata was checking players at Bay Stars camp on Sunday.

Source: Daily Sports 2/3/2014

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The Giants handed out Tamiflu to the Ni-gun staff and Matsui on Sunday.  Ni-gun manager Kaoru Okazaki was diagnosed with influenza A on Saturday.  Ni-gun staff may have been exposed to the virus and Matsui spent over two hours with Okazaki on Sunday.

Source: Sponichi 2/3/2014

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[2/2/2014] Yomiuri Giants New and Notes

by on Feb.03, 2014 @ 7:27 am, under NPB
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Batting Practice

February 2

  • Taishi Ota - 150 swings, fourteen over the fence, including four that completely cleared the left-field netting

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Leslie Anderson - fifty-two swings, five over the fence
  • Yasuyuki Kataoka - forty-five swings, twenty-three could-be hits

Source: Sponichi 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014

Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

February 2

  • Yuki Koyama - 137 pitches
  • Kan Otake - forty pitches to squatting catcher
  • Tomoyuki Sugano, Shoki Kasahara, and Nobutaka Imamura tossed bullpen sessions.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Sponichi 2/2/2014Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

February 1

  • Chris Seddon - twenty-nine pitches to squatting catcher; including breaking balls; Shinnosuke Abe caught the session
  • Yuki Koyama - sixty-eight pitches
  • Kan Otake - thirty-five pitches; including curve, shuto, slider; 1st round draft pick Seiji Kobayashi caught the session
  • All eighteen pitchers at Ichi-gun camp toss bullpen sessions; everyone other than Kentaro Nishimura threw to squatting catchers

Source: Daily Sports 2/2/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Sanspo 2/2/2014, Sponichi 2/2/2014

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The Giants were presented with a number of Miyazaki food items on Sunday.  Items included: twenty kilograms of Miyazaki brand pork, twenty kilograms of Miyazaki beef; twenty kilograms of chicken, twenty kilograms of kumquats, twenty kilograms of hyuganatsu (citrus fruit), and ten packs of strawberries.

Source: Sanspo 2/2/2014

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Hideki Matsui threw ninety-five batting practice pitches to Yoshiyuki Kamei on Saturday.  He also worked one-on-one with Taishi Ota and Ryosuke Miyaguni.  Matsui's first day lasted about eleven hours.

Source: Tokyo Sports 2/2/2014, Daily Sports 2/2/2014

Matsui tossed 110 batting practices to Hayato Sakamoto on Sunday (hit twelve over the fence).  He spent some time with Ota again as well.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014, Sponichi 2/2/2014

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Shogo Shibata complained of stomach pain on Sunday morning and was taken to a hospital.  He was admitted after he was diagnosed with appendicitis.  He underwent surgery in the afternoon.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/2/2014

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