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Samurai Japan News and Notes: November 19, 2012

by on Nov.19, 2012 @ 9:48 pm, under WBC

The Yakult Swallows are thinking about handing out bonuses to their players that do well at the WBC.  Source: Sanspo 11/19/2012

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Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank) is planning to hold workouts in December and January in preparation for the WBC -- he wants to be ready in case he is selected.  Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2012

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A Samurai Japan staff meeting was held in Sapporo before Sunday's game against Cuba.  The list of potential candidates was narrowed down to fifty.  The list of fifty will be submitted to the NPB by the 21st.

The staff is scheduled to meet again on the 28th to finalize the twenty-eight-man roster.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2012

The NPB executive committee held a meeting in Tokyo today and decided thirty-three players should ultimately be selected as candidates for the twenty-eight-man roster.  The additional five will be reserves in case of injury.

The committee also consented to the practice games Samurai Japan will be playing during their mini-camp in February -- Hiroshima on the 17th and Seibu on the 18th.  And the two-game Cuba Series finished in the black.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/19/2012

The twenty-eight-man roster will likely be made up of thirteen pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders, and five outfielders.  Source: Sponichi 11/19/2012

Over thirty players could attend the mini-camp in February, with the twenty-eight best making the final roster.  Source: Sponichi 11/19/2012

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Japan has won four in a row against Cuba: two straight in the 2009 WBC (March 15, 6-0; March 18, 5-0) and the two games from the Samurai Japan Match 2012 series.  Source: Nikkan Sports 11/19/2012

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Yuki Saito (right shoulder) was the only pitcher on the Cuba Series roster that did not pitch during the two-game series.  Source: Sponichi 11/19/2012

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TV ratings (Kanto) for the Cuba series games:

Game 1: from 6:30pm - 10.7%; from 7:48pm - 15.2%

Game 2: from 6:10pm - 10.5%; from 7:13pm - 14.2%

Source: Daily Sports 11/19/2012

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Yao-Hsun Yang (Softbank) earned the win in Taiwan's 9-0 victory over New Zealand on Sunday.  Final line: 4 IP, 63-38 NP-S, 17 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR.

Former Hanshin Tiger, Kai-Wen Cheng, followed Yang and tossed two shutout innings.  Final ilne: 2 IP, 30-16 NP-S, 8 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR.

Taiwan earned a spot in the WBC with the victory.  Box score

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