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Samurai Japan News and Notes: February 15, 2013

by on Feb.15, 2013 @ 11:12 pm, under WBC

About 1,000 fans showed up to watch workouts, despite the weather.  Workouts were supposed to be held outdoors at Sun Marine Stadium Miyazaki (capacity 30,000), but were held indoors at Konohana Dome (capacity 800).  The weather cleared up in the afternoon and position players moved their workouts to Sun Marine Stadium.

Tsohiya Sugiuchi (about fifty pitches), Tetsuya Utsumi (fifty pitches), Hirokazu Sawamura (about fifty pitches), Masahiro Tanaka (forty pitches), Daisuke Yamai (about forty pitches), Hideaki Wakui, and Kazuhisa Makita (forty-eight pitches) tossed bullpen sessions today.

Situational fielding practice (outfield):

  • left - Sho Nakata, Yohei Oshima, Seiichi Uchikawa
  • center - Hisayoshi Chono, Ryo Hijirisawa
  • right - Yoshio Itoi, Katsuya Kakunaka

Situational fielding practice (infield):

  • third - Shuichi Murata, Nobuhiro Matsuda
  • short - Hayato Sakamoto, Hirokazu Ibata
  • second - Kazuo Matsui, Takashi Toritani, Yuichi Honda
  • first - Atsunori Inaba, Nakata

Nakata during extra batting practice sessions: eighty-one swings, eighteen over the fence.

Nikkan Sports has posted a fairly detailed summary of the first day of practices that started at 9:30am and ended at 3:10pm.

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013Sponichi 2/15/2013Sports Hochi 2/15/2013Daily Sports 2/15/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/15/2013, Sanspo 2/15/2013

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Kenta Maeda could either start Game 2 of the First Round (vs China on March 3) or be the second starter after Tanaka during Game 1.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2013

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Murata is prepared to play third and first and is ok with being a designated hitter.

As mentioned previously, of the thirty-three candidates, only twenty-eight will be allowed on the final roster.  Japan will likely carry three catchers, twelve infielders/outfielders (three will have to be cut), and thirteen pitchers (two will have to be cut).

The following players are not quite 100%: Murata (broken nail), Oshima (left elbow), Takuya Asao (right shoulder)

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013

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The twenty-eight man roster could be finalized during a staff meeting on the 18th.

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013, Daily Sports 2/15/2013

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All players will be given tablets that contain data on players from other countries.

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013

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Nobuhiko Fukami (All Japan Sword Dealers Cooperative board chairman) presented Koji Yamamoto with a samurai sword on Thursday.

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013

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The Samurai Japan WBC store opened today.  LINK

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Eight staff will be heading to Taiwan on he 16th to check on potential opponents.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2013

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Female reporters from all the major TV stations provided coverage from Miyazaki today.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/15/2013

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Team China played two practice game against NC Dinos (KBO) in Peoria, Arizona.  China lost the first game 6-1 (played on the 13th) and won the second game 8-5 (played on the 14th).

Source: Sponichi 2/15/2013