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Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: July 6, 2012

by on Jul.06, 2012 @ 5:27 pm, under NPB

Yomiuri Giants

Of the eleven pitches Scott Mathieson threw last night, ten were fastballs.  All ten were clocked above 150km/h, with a top speed of 160km/h.  Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2012

Mathieson is one of four players that have hit 160 or higher on the radar gun.  The other three: Marc Kroon, Yoshinori Sato, and Chang-Yong Lim.  Source: Sponichi 7/6/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Yutaka Wada held a brief (about six minutes) full-team meeting (players, coaches, and all staff) before workouts on Thursday.  The Tigers are hoping to make it back to .500 before the All-Star break, which means going 9-3 over their next twelve games.  Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2012, Sponichi 7/6/2012


Shinji Komiyama spent about an hour taking one-hoppers in full catcher's gear during workouts on Thursday.  Komiyama had trouble keeping the ball in front of him during games on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Source: Daily Sports 7/6/2012


The Tigers have ten players that are listed as catchers in their organization.  Five are banged up and working their way back from injuries: Akihito FujiiKenji Jojima, Fumihito Haraguchi, Takashi Shimizu, and Ikusei Seiya Hirokami.  Three are currently on the active roster: Shinji Komiyama, Ryota Imanari, and Taichi Okazaki.  The Tigers were trying to convert Masahiro Nakatani, one of two catchers at Ni-gun, into an outfielder, but have since had to modify their plans a bit by having him prepare himself as a back-up catcher.  Source: Sanspo 7/6/2012

Hiroshima Carp

Kenta Maeda will likely make three more starts before the All-Star break: today vs Yakult (Mazda), July 12 vs Yomiuri (Tokyo Dome), and July 18 vs Chunichi (Mazda).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 7/6/2012


Brad Eldred hit two doubles during situational batting practice on Thursday (he went 2-for-8).  Source: Sponichi 7/6/2012, Nikkan Sports 7/6/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

Kiyoshi Nakahata could have replaced Kisho Kagami with a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded and two out in the 4th inning on Thursday, but decided against it and kept him in the game until he finished out the 5th inning because they want to do what they can to help him grow as a pitcher.  Source: Nikkan Sports 7/6/2012