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Samurai Japan News and Notes: December 7, 2012

by on Dec.08, 2012 @ 4:28 am, under WBC

Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri) is hoping the media does not apply too much pressure to the team by providing excess coverage.  Source: Daily Sports 12/6/2012

He also wants to do what he can to take care of the players that end up getting dropped from the roster.  Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/2012


Shuichi Murata (Yomiuri) will accept whatever role is assigned to him.  If he makes the roster, he is thinking about donating 10,000 yen to a children's medical center in Kanagawa for every RBI he records.  Source: Sports Hochi 12/6/2012


Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri) apparently received three WBC baseballs on the 5th.  He plans to spend as much time as possible getting used to the ball -- he plans to take them with him on the Yomiuri Giants' championship trip to Hawaii and plans to toss bullpen sessions with them during spring camp next year.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/7/2012


Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten) would like to begin working out with WBC baseballs as soon as possible, especially since he had a hard time adjusting during the last tournament.  Source: Daily Sports 12/7/2012