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Rakuten Eagles News and Notes: February 14, 2013

by on Feb.14, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB
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Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Takashi Saito: bullpen, forty-five pitches
  • 1st round draft pick Yudai Mori: bullpen, twenty-six pitches to a standing catcher and thirty-four pitches to a half-bent catcher, third session since the start of camp

Source: Sanspo 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013

Wednesday

  • Masahiro Tanaka: bullpen, forty pitches

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

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The Ichi-gun group closed out their camp in Kumejima, Okinawa today.  They will now head to Kin, Okinawa.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Valentine's Day: Takahiro Shiomi led all players with seventy-two chocolates.  Motohiro Shima was in second with seventy and Teppei in third with sixty-five.

Source: Sanspo 2/14/2013

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Takashi Saito is scheduled to throw around forty pitches during batting practice on the 17th.

Saito celebrated his forty-third birthday today.

Source: Sanspo 12/14/2013

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Takumi Miyoshi was called up to Ichi-gun camp on the 11th.  He will continue to remain with the Ichi-gun group as camp moves to Kin, Okinawa on Friday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013

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Masahiro Tanaka made an adjustment to his splitter (how he grips the ball) during his bullpen on Wednesday.  Tadashi Ishimine caught the session and later said to reporters, "I have never seen movement like that [from Tanaka].  It looked like the pitch would diving in toward right-handed hitters."

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013, Sponichi 2/14/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2013, Sanspo 2/14/2013

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2nd round draft pick Takahiro Norimoto has not allowed a run in two intra-squad games (four innings, three hits).

Source: Sports Hochi 2/14/2013

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Former Rakuten Eagle Masato Nakamura wanted to continue playing and was also looking into the KBO, but did not receive any offers.  He has decided to retire and plans to open a restaurant/bar.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2013