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[3/1/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.02, 2015 @ 4:49 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

  • First round draft pick Kazuma Okamoto will continue his training at Ni-gun for the time being. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015
  • The Giants are hoping Hisayoshi Chono (right elbow and knee) will be ready to play rehab games in mid-March. He has resumed batting practice and is throwing at distances of up to seventy meters. Kenji Yano and Leslie Anderson, also in the middle of rehab, are hoping to play in games in late-March. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Hanshin Tigers

  • Akira Iwamoto's practice game start against Seibu on March 1 was rained out. He is now scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Softbank on March 3. Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2015
  • Seung-Hwan Oh's first appearance could come on March 10 against Hiroshima at Koshien. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Minoru Iwata pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on February 28. He tossed four shutout innings and allowed four hits. His next appearance could come during an exhibition game against Seibu at Koshien on March 7. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki will most likely start a Kyoiku League game against Softbank on March 5 and pitch five innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015
  • Shintaro Fujinami's next appearance will most likely be in relief against Seibu on the 6th. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015 .. Fujinami could pitch about three innings. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Takaya Toda did not meet expectations and will be sent down to Ni-gun for more work. Ryuhei Matsuyama and Shota Dobayashi will be sent down to Ni-gun to get more playing time in Kyoiku League games. Matsuyama and Dobayashi will rejoin the Ichi-gun team on the 5th. Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • The Dragons are eighty-eight games from 10,000 games and twenty-eight victories from 5,000. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Mitsuru Manaka selected Yasuhiro Ogawa as his opening day starter. Manaka notified Ogawa of his decision during Saturday's exhibition game against Yomiuri. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015, Chunichi Sports 3/1/2015 ... Ogawa's next start will most likely come during an exhibition game against Rakuten on March 6. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

[3/1/2015] Orix Buffaloes, Chiba Lotte Marines, Rakuten Eagles

by on Mar.02, 2015 @ 4:41 am, under NPB
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Orix Buffaloes

Chiba Lotte Marines

  • Shota Ishimine and Shohei Kato were re-assigned to Ni-gun. Source: Sanspo 3/1/2015

Rakuten Eagles

  • First round draft pick Tomohiro Anraku attended his high school graduation on Sunday. He returned to Ehime for his graduation on the 27th and will head to Sendai on Monday night. Anraku was given a special achievement award for his accomplishments on the baseball field. Source: Sponichi 3/1/2015, Chunichi Sports 3/1/2015

[3/1/2015] Yakult and Yomiuri: Tokyo Series

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 4:07 pm, under NPB
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The Yakult Swallows and Yomiuri Giants held a press conference today to release information about the Tokyo Series.

Tokyo Series

The Tokyo Series will take place over the following six games in April:

  • Aprli 10 (Friday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 11 (Saturday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 12 (Sunday) at Tokyo Dome
  • April 24 (Friday) at Jingu Stadium
  • April 25 (Saturday) at Jingu Stadium
  • April 26 (Sunday) at Jingu Stadium

The two teams will wear uniforms with Tokyo across the chest -- the Giants will wear their Invicinblu Tokyo uniforms and the Swallows will counter with their En-Power uniforms.

Source: official announcement (Yakult), official announcement and official page (Yomiuri), images taken from respective official websites

[2/28/2015] Yomiuri Giants, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Carp, Chunichi Dragons, Yakult Swallows

by on Mar.01, 2015 @ 7:51 am, under NPB
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Yomiuri Giants

Hanshin Tigers

  • Yamato rejoined the team for practices at Koshien on the 28th after missing some time with the flu. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Suguru Iwazaki pitched in a Kyoiku League game against Chunichi on Saturday. He entered the game in the 5th and tossed two perfect innings. Source: Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015
  • Shintaro Yokota is slated to play in three practice games: Orix on February 28, Seibu on March 1, and Softbank on March 3. His performance will determine whether or not he stays or gets sent back down to Ni-gun. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015

Hiroshima Carp

  • Hiroshima was scheduled to distribute numbered tickets at 10:00am on Saturday. About 2,500 fans lined-up at Mazda Stadium, some from the night before, a number from a few days earlier. The Carp decided to begin distribution at 6:45am because of the large number of fans. The numbered tickets will be used when ticket offices begin selling regular season tickets on March 1. Hiroshima reportedly prepared about 5,000 numbered tickets this year, up from the 1,700 they handed out last year. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015, Nikkan Sports 2/28/2015

Chunichi Dragons

  • Daisuke Yamai, Kazuki Yoshimi, and Yudai Ono are scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Lotte on March 1. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The Dragons added automated pitching machines to their indoor training facilities near Nagoya Stadium. They also replaced the artificial turf and installed new netting. Total construction cost about 150 million yen. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015

Yakult Swallows

  • Wladimir Balentien is set to arrive in Japan on March 2. Source: Sanspo 2/28/2015
  • Yasuhiro Ogawa ate ice cream at least three times a week last year. He skipped on his favorite desert and fried foods this off-season and dropped his weight from eighty to seventy-eight kilograms. He also lowered his fat percentage by two points to sixteen percent. Source: Sports Hochi 2/28/2015, Daily Sports 2/28/2015, Sponichi 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at Toda Stadium was replaced for the first time in seven years. The new turf was unveiled during a ceremony on Friday. Construction cost about fifty million yen. Source: Daily Sports 2/28/2015
  • The artificial turf at the Jingu indoor training facilities was replaced with turf that was used at Jingu Stadium. Construction took about two weeks and ended a few days earlier. Source: Sponichi 2/28/2015