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Chunichi, Yakult, Yomiuri, Hanshin, Hiroshima, Yokohama: December 12, 2012

by on Dec.13, 2012 @ 1:36 am, under NPB

Chunichi Dragons

Kazuki Yoshimi thought he might get a pay cut when he sat down with the Dragons on Tuesday.  Instead, he got a 20 million yen raise.  The team apparently thought highly of his 4-1 record with 1.32 ERA in seven games against the Yomiuri Giants this season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

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Kenshin Kawakami got a 30 million yen raise even though he did not get to pitch very much at the Ichi-gun level this past season because his contract was low to begin with -- the Dragons essentially used the season to confirm if he could still be an effective pitcher in the NPB.  Kawakami will make 60 million yen next season.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

Yakult Swallows

Kenichi Matsuoka is planning to workout with Shohei Tateyama in Hawaii next month.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

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Akinori Iwamura dropped about eight kilograms since returning to Japan (he currently weighs ninety-two kilograms) in the hopes of decreasing the amount of strain on his knees.  He would like the Swallows to be the last team he play for.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

Iwamura is interested in competing for the starting job at third, although he is prepared to play wherever the coaches put him.  Source: Sports Hochi 12/12/2012

Iwamura's left knee apparently looked good during his physical.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

Yomiuri Giants

The Giants left on their championship trip to Hawaii out of Narita on Wednesday.  They are slated to return on the 18th.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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Kentaro Nishimura is skipping the championship trip in order to work out with Scott Mathieson in Arizona.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

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Shuichi Murata is ready to help out as a batting practice pitcher during WBC workouts in February.  He feels it will be a good way to get his shoulder ready for the tournament.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

Hanshin Tigers

Takahiro Arai played catch at a distance of thirty-five meters during workouts at Naruohama on Tuesday.  That is the furthest he has managed to go since his right shoulder injury.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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Takashi Toritani told about a hundred kids at Fukushima Elementary School that his goal was to be an active shortstop until he was forty.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012, Daily Sports 12/12/2012

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Ni-gun batting coach Kenichiro Kawamura does not plan on messing with 2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo any time soon.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

Kawamura does not want to focus on pointing out bad things Hojo needs to address, but rather expand on the good to get rid of the bad.  Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2012

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Spa World in Osaka gave 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami a free one-year pass (1/1/2013-12/31/2013).  The pass will give him free access to spas/baths, pools, and a sports gym.  Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2012

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Yutaka Wada left for Latin America on the 4th and reportedly returned to Japan on Wednesday.  He watched two Winter League games in Puerto Rico before moving on to the Dominican Republic, where he watched three more games and visited a baseball academy operated by the Atlanta Braves.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 12/12/2012, Sponichi 12/12/2012

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The Tigers are thinking about asking Tomoaki Kanemoto to give a lecture to their young players (like members of the 2012 draft class) at Naruohama in January.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012, Sports Hochi Osaka 12/12/2012, Sponichi 12/12/2012

Kanemoto does not want his old number (six) retired.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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The Tigers are planning to leave the number twenty-two (Kyuji Fujikawa) open until they find someone that deserves it.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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A Hanshin Tigers fan group was trying to sell tickets to an event on January 6 that promised appearances by Kanemoto, the Arai brothers, Shinobu FukuharaShunsuke Fujikawa, and Hiroki Uemoto.  The Tigers learned of the event after fans called in to confirm the details.  They later posted an announcement warning fans of the event because it was unauthorized.  The group recently updated their website with a note that stated the event was cancelled and that they were issuing refunds.  Tickets were apparently priced at 15,000 yen for adults and 7,000 yen for kids.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012, Sponichi 12/12/2012

Hiroshima Carp

The seven members of the 2012 draft class arrived in Hiroshima on Wednesday, a day ahead of their press conference.  Source: Daily Sports 12/12/2012

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The two-seamer could become a big pitch for Kenta Maeda if he plays in the WBC.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

Yokohama Bay Stars

The Bay Stars are thinking about installing a swing set at Yokohama Stadium to commemorate the addition Tony Blanco.  Blanco (pronounced buranko) in Japanese means a swing.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012, Nikkan Sports 12/12/2012

They also might consider hiring a flying trapeze act (kucho buranko) for an event at Yokohama Stadium.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

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Yokohama is reportedly close to finalizing deals with Enyelbert Soto and Jorge Sosa.  An announcement could be made soon.  Source: Sponichi 12/12/2012

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The Bay Stars are still keeping an eye on Daisuke Matsuzaka and will likely sit down with him if he decides to return to Japan.  However, Matsuzaka has expressed an interested in continuing his career in the US.  Source: Sanspo 12/12/2012

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